Police said Thursday they have learned the identity of a man who injured a state trooper during a high-speed, wrong-way chase down Interstate 65, but he remained at large.
Police were working with the Newton County prosecutor's office to file charges against the man, Hobart police Capt. Greg Viator said.
A Hobart police officer was patrolling I-65 while working a federal grant when he attempted to stop the man for speeding near the Lake/Newton County line, Viator said.
The Hobart police officer lost sight of the man before Indiana State Police continued the pursuit, Viator said.
The man, who was driving a rented 2018 Kia Sportage, made a U-turn by driving into the median and headed north. As he approached a trooper working in a construction zone on northbound I-65, he put the Kia in reverse and drove south on the northbound outer shoulder, police said.
The man drove into a median, struck a trooper's car and continued south, police said. The man then braked hard, went back into the media and across southbound I-65, through a ditch and wire fence, between two houses and crashed in a wooded area and fled on foot, police said.
A trooper injured in the pursuit was taken to Franciscan St. Anthony Health hospital in Crown Point. He was expected to be OK, state police spokeswoman Sgt. Ann Wojas said Thursday.