More Details On Police Chase & Crash

On Sunday, 09/13/2020, Lake County Sheriff’s police officers assisted with a pursuit that began in Crown Point.

Crown Point Police Department officers attempted to pull over a vehicle at 129th and Washington in Crown Point sometime just before 3:30 p.m. Crown Point Police Chief Pete Land told RNS the suspect nearly missed striking a squad car in which the officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop. The suspect fled northbound on Delaware to eastbound US-231 where he struck a semi before entering onto northbound I-65, Lake County Sheriff’s Department said. The suspect continued, heading westbound on I-80/94 to Indianapolis Boulevard.  The suspect struck as many as three vehicles near that location, Sheriff Oscar Martinez Jr stated.  The suspect vehicle headed southbound on Indianapolis Boulevard where he briefly crossed into northbound lanes, where he drove over a median and was hit by a civilian vehicle.  He then continued driving southbound in the northbound lanes until he came to Cabela Drive, where he went east into the Aldi parking lot. The suspect then turned around there, then almost struck two Crown Point police vehicles, Martinez said.  The vehicle approached Indianapolis Boulevard and struck as many as two vehicles as he tried to drive between them. The contact caused the front passenger tire to snap off the axle.  The vehicle stopped in the middle of the intersection of Indianapolis Boulevard and Cabela Drive facing south.

A Lake County officer blocked the suspect from exiting from his driver side door.  The suspect then attempted to exit through the passenger door and a Lake County officer stopped him.  A brief struggle ensued.  Lake County officers placed the suspect in custody.  Crown Point police took custody of the suspect at the scene after this, Martinez said.

The suspect was the only occupant in the vehicle, a 30-year-old male from Dolton, IL. The subject also has an active felony warrant in an unrelated case out of Hammond, IN.  The vehicles involved in the collisions were all civilian vehicles.  No injuries have been reported at this time.

Investigators found high-capacity magazines commonly used for assault rifles and additional extended magazines in the suspect’s vehicle, the Sheriff told RNS.

There was a gun show at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Crown Point, but it is unknown whether this subject had been there, Martinez said. Crown Point police are investigating this case and will have further information this week.

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