HAMMOND | A carjacking suspect who led police on a chase Thursday night through northern Lake County was apprehended on Chicago's West Side after crashing a car, police said.
Hammond police Lt. Richard Hoyda said the chase started when an unidentified man fled on foot after his car was stopped on Cline Avenue by Gary police. The man jumped over a barrier into Hammond, where he stole a bicycle.
Hoyda said the man later abandoned the bicycle and carjacked a driver at gunpoint about 8:30 p.m. in the 7400 block of New Hampshire Avenue.
The man sped off in a red 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. Police pursued the man through Hammond and saw him on the expressway heading toward Chicago.
Chicago police Officer John Mirabelli said Illinois State Police apprehended the man after he crashed the vehicle near the intersection of North Laramie Avenue and West Ferdinand Street in the city's Austin neighborhood about 9 p.m.
Hoyda said the man initially was stopped by officers as part of the Region STOP Team initiative. The multiagency unit conducts traffic enforcement and patrols in an effort to curb gang violence in northern Lake County.
Hammond detectives questioned the man in Chicago and obtained statements from the owner of the bicycle and the motorist who was carjacked, Hoyda said.
Hammond police planned to present charges to the Lake County prosecutor's office Friday.