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HIGHLAND — Police say it's possible a Griffith man may have had a medical episode during Wednesday's multi-vehicle crash involving an off-duty Griffith police officer at 45th Avenue and Rueth Drive. 

The call came in at about 4:40 p.m., according to Highland police Cmdr. John Banasiak. 

A preliminary investigation found that a 54-year-old Griffith man was westbound on 45th when he crossed the center line, striking a vehicle in the inside eastbound lane. His vehicle sideswiped that car, and struck two other vehicles, including an unmarked Griffith squad car. 

Banasiak said the officer had his spouse and infant in his vehicle, but no injuries were reported. The man responsible for the crash was being checked out by medical personnel. 

Though the officer was off duty at the time of the crash, he was allowed to drive his squad car per the department's take-home vehicle policy, according to Griffith police Cmdr. Keith Martin. 

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Lauren covers breaking news, crime and courts for The Times. She previously worked at The Herald-News in Joliet covering government, public policy, and the region’s heroin epidemic. She holds a master’s degree in Public Affairs Reporting.