HAMMOND, Ind. –A Move Over Law violation resulted in a pursuit, stolen car recovery and the arrest of two juveniles, according to Indiana State Police.
At approximately 10:45 p.m. Saturday, an Indiana State trooper was walking back to his car after completing a traffic stop when a 2011 Chevrolet Impala failed to move over and went by him at a high rate of speed. The officer got into his police car and stopped the Impala near Kennedy Avenue. As the trooper approached the car, he could see that it was occupied by four people, but as soon as he got to the driver’s window, the car took off and struck the trooper in his right leg. The trooper did not suffer injuries from the incident.
The Impala exited off to the north bound Cline Avenue ramp and crashed into a ditch. All four male occupants exited the car and ran east up the embankment and onto Cline south bound to the east bound I-80/94 ramp. They then began running east bound on I-80/94 before running south into a wooded brush area. The trooper was able to catch up and arrest the driver by gun point, who was later identified as a 17-year-old from Markham, Illinois.
Police set up a perimeter to locate the other three occupants. One of the back seat occupants returned to the car as it was being towed and turned himself in. This occupant, later identified as a 16-year-old from Calumet City, Illinois, was not wearing a seat belt when he was in the back seat and sustained injuries during the crash. He was taken to North Lake Methodist Hospital in Gary for non-life threatening injuries and later released.
The Impala had been reported stolen approximately two weeks ago from Roselle, Illinois. It was later discovered that the same vehicle had been involved in a pursuit in Illinois on Friday.
Both juveniles were taken to the Lake County Juvenile Detention Facility in Crown Point.
Police have not given any word on the other two occupants.
The 17-year-old driver is facing felony charges of resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, battery on a law enforcement officer, auto theft, conversion, and misdemeanor charges of resisting law enforcement and operating while intoxicated.
The 16-year-old faces misdemeanor charges of criminal trespass and resisting law enforcement.