Police pursuit ends in multi-vehicle crash at U.S. 30 and Broadway

2014-05-16T20:00:00Z 2014-05-28T10:32:07Z Police pursuit ends in multi-vehicle crash at U.S. 30 and BroadwayLauri Harvey Keagle lauri.keagle@nwi.com, (219) 852-4311 nwitimes.com

MERRILLVILLE | A Hammond man was arrested for felony resisting arrest and a warrant for failure to appear in court following a police pursuit Friday, authorities said. 

Alfredo Guzman Jr., 27, was treated for injuries he suffered during an incident which involved crashing into multiple vehicles while leading police on a pursuit, said Patti Van Til, spokeswoman for the Lake County Sheriff's Department.

The pursuit ended just before 1 p.m. at the intersection of U.S. 30 and Broadway.

Merrillville police initially tried to pull Guzman over on U.S. 30 for a traffic violation. Police terminated the pursuit. But Schererville police saw his vehicle and re-initiated a pursuit back into Merrillville. Lake County officers also become involved, Merrillville Police Chief Joseph Petruch said.

After being treated at an area hospital, Guzman was transported to Lake County Jail, Van Til said.

Joshua Kaiser, technology manager for The Times Media Company, was turning off Broadway onto U.S. 30 when he saw the crash and subsequent foot pursuit.

Guzman was driving a black Pontiac. The Pontiac hit at least three other vehicles in the intersection.

Guzman, who was reportedly only wearing his underwear, got out of his car and began running from the scene after the crash, Kaiser said.

Merrillville police apprehended him quickly after a short foot pursuit, Petruch said.

Officers from Hobart also responded to the scene.

Lake County authorities called for multiple ambulances to respond to the scene. 

Merrillville police said the crash scene was clear and traffic was moving through the intersection again by 1:45 p.m.

Times staff writer Vanessa Renderman contributed to this report.

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