Police chase through region ends in C.P. crash

2013-06-20T20:15:00Z 2013-06-21T23:20:33Z Police chase through region ends in C.P. crashElvia Malagon elvia.malagon@nwi.com, (219) 933-3246 nwitimes.com

A police chase started in Munster because of fraudulent checks and ended Thursday in a three-vehicle crash in Crown Point, leaving three people injured, police said.

Jennifer M. Clark, 35, of Tennessee, was fleeing from police in a 2013 Chevrolet Equinox when she crashed into two vehicles about 11:42 a.m. at 93rd Avenue and Main Street near the Lake County Government Complex, Indiana State Police said.

Nearly a dozen police vehicles from Crown Point, Indiana State Police, Munster and Merrillville were at the scene just before noon.

Munster police Lt. Ed Strbjak said the pursuit started about 11:11 a.m. when Clark allegedly tried to cash fraudulent checks from another state at the Centier Bank branch at 9716 White Oak Ave. in Munster.

The bank notified police about the fraudulent activity. Clark was leaving the bank as officers arrived at the scene, Strbjak said.

Clark led several agencies on a chase that headed east on 45th Avenue, south on Taft Street and ended on 93rd Avenue in Crown Point, Strbjak said.

Police did not say how much the checks were worth.

Police tried to use tire-deflating devices as Clark neared the intersection of 93rd Avenue and Main Street, state police said. She swerved and crashed into a 2006 Honda Civic to avoid the sticks. The Honda was stopped at a red light in the left turn lane.

Clark then hit a 2011 Toyota Prius that was stopped in the left lane heading south on Main Street, state police said. Clark's car stopped in the middle of the intersection, and she was arrested by Munster police. 

Elizabeth A. Jordan, 38, of Griffith, was driving the Honda Civic and was taken to Franciscan St. Anthony Health in Crown Point with nonlife-threatening injuries, state police said.

Marsha Marlow, 53, of Griffith, was driving the Toyota Prius and was taken to Franciscan St. Anthony Health in Crown Point with nonlife-threatening injuries, state police said. Her passenger, Sandra Kelley, 57, of Griffith, also was taken to the same hospital for nonlife-threatening injuries.

An eyewitness, who works for Lake County government, said the driver of the Prius was wearing a neck brace. Clark appeared to be uninjured.

The Lake County Sheriff's Department's helicopter also was involved in the pursuit, Deputy Cmdr. Robert Arnold said.

Strbjak said officers continued investigating the crash and the fraudulent checks Thursday afternoon. He expected charges to be filed Friday morning.

Times Staff Writers Bill Dolan and Lauri Keagle contributed to this report.

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