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ISP: Juveniles detained after pursuit on I-80/94

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Two juveniles were arrested Saturday on multiple delinquency charges following a pursuit in Lake County, the Indiana State Police said.

According to police, at 10:45 p.m. Trooper Ala’a Hamed was working a multi-state “Move Over” enforcement blitz--his fully marked squad car parked on the eastbound shoulder of I-80/94 near Indianapolis Blvd., its emergency lights activated--when a 2011 Chevrolet Impala failed to move over, per Indiana Code, and instead passed his squad car “at a high rate of speed.”

Hamed subsequently executed a traffic stop on the Impala, which pulled to the outside shoulder, but as Hamed was approaching the vehicle the driver “took off,” striking Hamed on the right leg, police said. Hamed was not injured, returned to his squad car, and initiated a pursuit, following the Impala until it exited onto the northbound Cline Ave. ramp and crashed into a ditch, police said.

All four of the vehicle’s occupants fled on foot into a nearby wooded area, where Hamed succeeded in apprehending, at gunpoint, the driver, a 17-year-old Markham, Ill., boy, police said.

One of the other occupants subsequently surrendered to troopers, after sustaining injuries in the crash. That boy was identified as a 16-year-old Calumet City, Ill., resident, who was treated and released at Methodist Hospital Northlake Campus in Gary, police said.

Police later learned that the Impala had been reported stolen two weeks ago from Roselle, Ill., and that the vehicle had been involved in an earlier pursuit, on Friday in Illinois.

The 17-year-old driver was transported to the Lake County Juvenile Detention Center on delinquency charges of resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, battery on a law enforcement officer, auto theft, conversion, resisting law enforcement, and operating while intoxicated, police said.

The 16-year-old passenger was also detained, on delinquency charges of criminal trespass and resisting law enforcement, police said.


Posted 7/29/2019




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