Stolen handgun and baby found in car after pursuit

STEUBEN COUNTY, Ind. (WANE)  An attempted traffic stop in Angola turned into a short police chase and ended with the arrest of a Michigan woman police believe had been smoking meth hours before. Her one-year-old son was in the back seat, a stolen gun in the front and and she told police she was 19-weeks pregnant.

According to the release, an Indiana State Trooper tried to pull over 27-year-old Heather Amber-Mae Blessing, the driver of a Mercedes Benz passenger car, at around 2 a.m. on Friday after seeing multiple traffic violations. After pulling into a parking lot, she pulled back onto the street and sped away.

Blessing lost control after about two miles and ended up off the road, stuck in the snow. Police arrested her and found her one-year-old son in the back seat of the car, who was placed into protective custody by the Division of Child Services.

“How much more of an innocent victim can you be than being a one-year old sitting in the back seat having no control over what’s happening?” said Seargeant Ron Galaviz, spokesperson for the Indiana State Police.

She also apparently told police she was 19-weeks pregnant. A stolen and loaded nine millimeter handgun was found on the front passenger-side floorboard. Police said the stolen gun was registered out of Hamilton County, Indiana.

After investigating with the help of a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) from the Angola Police Department, police came to believe Blessing had been smoking meth hours before she was found driving. After a medical examination at a hospital, she was incarcerated without bond.

Blessing faces the following preliminary charges:

• Neglect of a Dependent
• Resisting Law Enforcement
• Operating While Intoxicated With Passenger Less Than 18 Years of age
• Operating While Intoxicated-Felony
• Possession of Stolen Property
• Driving While Suspended Prior

No one was injured in the pursuit and the child is in protective custody. Police said the end result of this chase could have been much worse.

“This whole thing really could’ve been a whole lot worse and fortunately, it didn’t end that way. It ended with nobody getting hurt,” said Sergeant Galaviz.

Sergeant Galaviz said the incident sends an important message to everyone on the road.

“At the end of the day, the important message here is that it’s people like this that put your friends and family and my friends and family in danger every time they walk out the door to the grocery store, to go shopping, to go to the mall, to go to work or to school. You know you always have to be on the lookout for people like that, driving the way she was driving. She was driving in a way that exhibited a pattern of potentially intoxicated driving. Fortunately it was 2:00 in the morning, and there was probably no traffic on the roadway as opposed to it being 2:00 in the afternoon and it being rush hour. It’s good that the troopers, the deputies, and the local law enforcement agencies are out there, not just during Blitz weekends, not just during Operation Pullover, but they’re out there every day and every night looking to take people like that off of our roadways to help minimize the risk to you and me when we’re driving.”” said Sergeant Galaviz.

 

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