GARY — Police took a 19-year-old man into custody early Monday after he fired shots from a car in the city's Glen Park section and led officers on a chase into Crown Point, an official said.
Patrick Johnson Jr. was arrested on preliminary charges of resisting law enforcement in a vehicle, criminal recklessness with a firearm and reckless driving, Indiana University Northwest Police Chief Wayne James said.
An IUN police officer patrolling in the 3700 block of Virginia Street about 12:30 a.m. Monday observed what appeared to be gunshots fired from a vehicle, James said.
The officer attempted a traffic stop by activating his emergency lights and sounding a horn, but the driver didn't stop.
The driver, later identified as Johnson, led police on a chase through Glen Park, disregarding multiple traffic signs, James said. Johnson eventually entered Interstate 65 from Ridge Road and headed south.
Officers from Gary, Merrillville, Hobart, Lake County, New Chicago, Crown Point and Indiana State Police assisted in the pursuit.
A Crown Point officer deployed a tire-deflating device on I-65 at the 109th Avenue overpass, causing the front and rear tires of Johnson's car to deflate, James said.
The car came to a stop near the overpass at 113th Avenue, and Johnson complied with police orders to exit the car.
Three passengers, including two teenage girls and one teenage boy, were released to their parents. Johnson was taken to the Lake County Jail.
Police recovered a magazine for a .40-caliber handgun from the car, but not a gun, James said.
Johnson told police the gun was thrown out of the car during the pursuit, he said.
The investigation into why the shots were fired in Gary and the location of the gun is ongoing, James said.