The Knox man who
the Indiana State Police said led officers on a pursuit on Friday, allegedly
after committing a murder and multiple carjackings in Knox, has been charged
with carjacking in Porter County.
According to the
ISP, around 4 p.m. Gary Chavez, 57, was westbound on Ind. 8, halfway between
Hebron and Kouts, when the 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee which he had reportedly
carjacked broke down in front of a residence. Two men were leaving the
residence at the time in a 1989 GMC Sierra and stopped to render Chavez
assistance, at which point Chavez implied possession of a weapon and took
the Sierra, police said.
The men, who
weren’t harmed, called 911 to report the carjacking.
Hebron Police spotted the Sierra in the area of Ind. 8 and C.R. 600S and
began a pursuit, police said, soon joined by the Porter County Sheriff’s
Police and, after Chavez crossed the county line, by the Lake County
Sheriff’s Police and its aircraft Eagle One, police said.
In Crown Point
officers deployed stop sticks at Maine and 109th and Chavez was unable to
avoid them, the Sierra’s tires deflated, and Chavez, attempting to make a
U-turn to go south on I-65, lost control of the Sierra. He then shot himself
twice, police said.
transported to Saint Anthony’s Hospital in Crown Point and later airlifted
to Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, Ill., in critical condition.
Carjacking is a
Class C felony, punishable by a term of two to eight years.
may be forthcoming, police said.