Stolen handgun and baby found in car after pursuit

Heather Amber-Mae Blessing (Provided Photo/ WANE)
Heather Amber-Mae Blessing (Provided Photo/ WANE)

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.

24-Hour News 8′s sister station WANE reports 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. 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.

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 of neglect of a dependent, resisting law enforcement, operating while intoxicated with passenger less than 18 years of age, operating while intoxicated, possession of stolen property and driving while suspended.

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