By Ben Fearnow

PORTER COUNTY, Ind. (CBS CLEVELAND) — An Indiana man on the way to his own wedding was speeding too quickly to the altar and instead ended up in jail.

Timothy N. Thompson, 23, of Valparaiso, Ind., ended up facing five charges – resisting law enforcement, criminal recklessness, reckless driving, speeding and improper passing – instead of facing his wife at the altar at 7 p.m. this past Saturday.

Police told the NWI Times that an officer picked out Thompson going an estimated 100 miles per hour down the center lane of Willowcreek Road about 30 minutes before his wedding was to begin. They reportedly followed his Jeep Grand Cherokee as it nearly flipped into the parking lot of his wedding. The Nativity of Our Savior Church on Willowcreek Road contained some family members who were throwing their arms in the air as the groom-to-be arrived.

Thompson proceeded to do a “doughnut” in the parking lot, which police said created a thick cloud of tire smoke.

After exiting his vehicle, he told police he was late for his wedding and estimated he was only doing, “about 90” mph when they spotted him. He also told police that his emergency flashers and blaring horn was an indication to other drivers to clear the way for him.

When the officer walked away from Thompson’s car, thinking the police were through speaking with him, the officers stopped him again.

“Oh, I thought you were done and I’m late for a party in Chicago,” the NWI Times reported Thompson saying. “It now means I have to drive really fast to get there.”

Thompson proceeded to alert officers that he had been released from jail earlier in the day. Police then arrested and transported him to Porter County jail to be held without bond – and without a wedding.


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