- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 2, 2015

An Indiana nurse faces a felony charge for resisting arrest after she led a police officer less than a mile down a dark county road to a safer, well-lit area as he was trying to pull her over for a traffic violation.

Portage resident DelRea Good said she did not immediately pull over for the flashing lights behind her because she was by herself and it was 11:21 p.m. on a poorly lit road, The Times of Northwest Indiana reported.

Ms. Good, 52, said she slowed down, put on her hazard lights and waved her arm out the window to acknowledge the officer behind her. She said she continued driving for less than a mile before pulling into a Kohl’s parking lot in Portage, The Times reported.

Porter County Sheriff’s Department Patrolman William Marshall then proceeded to arrest Ms. Good for resisting arrest — a felony charge that could result in the loss of her job at Franciscan Healthcare in Munster.

Porter County Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Larry LaFlower said the sheriff’s office supports the officer’s decision, citing state law requiring motorists to yield to emergency vehicles. He said the squad car Officer Marshall was driving was fully marked, The Times reported.

Officer Marshall wrote in the incident report that Ms. Good was pulled over for driving nearly 20 miles over the speed limit. He confirmed that Ms. Good waved her arm out the car window and turned on her hazards before pulling over less than a mile later, The Times reported.

Mr. Marshall described Ms. Good in his report as “highly agitated and uncooperative,” and said he arrested her after she refused to listen to him on how her actions put herself and others in danger, The Times reported.

Ms. Good’s defense attorney, Bob Harper, said his client’s concerns about police impersonators are legitimate.

Portage police issued a warning two years ago after someone using flashing red and blue lights tried to get a woman to pull over.

“Portage Police Sgt. Keith Hughes said at the time the woman used good judgment by not stopping for the man,” The Times reported. “He recommended drivers call 911 if they question who is attempting to pull them over and if unable to reach a dispatcher, acknowledge the officer by waving at them and then drive to a well-lit public location before stopping and tell the officer about your concern.”

Ms. Good has been posting to her Facebook following the March 20 incident using the hashtag #femalesafetymatters. She said Mr. Harper is representing her free of charge because “he feels this is a travesty of justice.”

She also posted a picture of bruises on her arm, allegedly from when the officer led her in handcuffs to his police cruiser.

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