Hammond city councilman injured in crash into tavern

2013-01-03T12:46:00Z 2013-01-04T00:26:04Z Hammond city councilman injured in crash into tavernChelsea Schneider Kirk chelsea.schneider@nwi.com, (219) 933-3241 nwitimes.com

HAMMOND | City Councilman Anthony Higgs was injured Thursday when he drove a car into the Calumet Tap.

Higgs, 45, was driving west on May Street and stopped at Calumet Avenue, according to a Hammond Police Department report. He then continued west and struck the front of the business at 5516 Calumet Ave. around 7:52 a.m., the police report states.

Higgs, a Democrat who represents the city's 3rd District, had minor bleeding on his face and was transported to the hospital. A spokesman for the Hammond Police Department declined to release the name of the hospital where Higgs received treatment.

Police found no indication of foul play in the crash, according to Hammond police Lt. Richard Hoyda. Higgs appeared ill at the scene, the police report states.

Higgs was not administered a blood alcohol concentration breath test, according to the report. In investigating the crash, the police officer found no indication the driver was intoxicated, and both the ambulance attendants and the physician at the hospital believed it was a medical condition, Hammond Police Chief Brian Miller said.

Only in cases of serious bodily injury or death does the law mandate an intoxication test be given without probable cause, Miller said.

The front windows of Calumet Tap were boarded up Thursday morning. The bar apparently had been closed prior to the crash, and police had not yet made contact with the owner.

A voicemail left for Higgs at his residence on Thursday was not immediately returned.

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