The La Porte County Sheriff’s Office has announced that the driver of a hit and run crash, that occurred on July 21, 2018, has been identified and arrested. The crash had occurred on County Road 525 West near County Road 300 North and left a 20 year old male jogger injured.

Immediately following the crash, the Sheriff’s Office sought assistance from the public in an attempt to identify the driver of the vehicle that had fled. As the result of tips from citizens, a substantial lead was developed regarding a suspect vehicle. The vehicle was located as was the driver. On July 24, 2018, the suspect was taken into custody and taken to the La Porte County Jail. He has been identified as 25 year old Jose Ferrer-Medina who resides in La Porte. He has been charged with Leaving The Scene of an Accident With Serious Bodily Injury, a Level 6 Felony and Never Received License, a Class C Misdemeanor. He is currently being held in lieu of $755 cash bond.

Sheriff John Boyd credited the public with providing tips that were instrumental in locating and identifying the vehicle and driver that struck the jogger. Sheriff John Boyd stated: “We are pleased to have such a positive relationship with the public in which they are eager and without hesitation willing to respond to our calls for help.” Sheriff Boyd added: “Without the assistance from the public, this case would have taken much longer to resolve and there is no questions that our police/citizen partnership lead to the timely and efficient and successful resolution. We are grateful for the response that we received from the public.”