A high-speed chase Friday on Interstate 65 ended in the arrest of a 19-year-old Indianapolis man, who police said was driving a stolen car.
Dontae Blount was driving on a suspended learner's permit and threw a .38-caliber revolver out of the car during the chase, police said. Officers recovered the gun and also found 2.5 grams of suspected marijuana on Blount, said Patti Van Til, Lake County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman.
Lake County Officer Mike Stewart saw a silver Chevrolet Impala speeding north on I-65 just north of the Kankakee River about 4:30 p.m., Van Til said. The car was weaving in and out of traffic and following too closely, Van Til said.
Stewart followed the vehicle, which was doing 80 mph in a 70 mph zone, and activated his lights in an attempt to stop the vehicle, police said. The driver instead accelerated and continued north at speeds in excess of 110 mph as other county officers and state police joined the pursuit, Van Til said.
Near the 109th Street exit, officers placed tire-deflating devices on the road, but the driver was able to avoid hitting them. Van Til said the driver was seen throwing a gun out the driver's side window before reaching the 251-mile marker, where police were able to block his vehicle and arrest him.
The Impala was reported stolen in Indianapolis, Van Til said. Blount is expected to face numerous charges, including vehicle theft, marijuana possession and several traffic violations, she said.
Despite the high speeds, no accidents or injuries were reported. I-65 was blocked for a time during the investigation.