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CROWN POINT — A 74-year-old driver was at fault in a wreck involving a Lake County sheriff's squad car Saturday at 93rd Avenue and Merrillville Road, according to a crash report.

Officer Clifford Caldwell was heading east on 93rd Avenue approaching Merrillville Road with his lights and sirens activated about 8:40 p.m. Saturday when 74-year-old Kenneth Badylak, of Merrillville, disregarded a red light and his 2007 Cadillac STS hit the front driver's side of the squad, the report said.

Caldwell was taken to Methodist Hospitals Southlake Campus for treatment.

Badylak and his two passengers — a 93-year-old Merrillville man and an 87-year-old Merrillville woman — were taken to Franciscan Health Crown Point. The 93-year-old man complained of incapacitating chest pain, the report shows.

A resident of the 1400 block of 93rd Place witnessed the crash, the report said. The squad hit a NIPSCO utility pole.

Damages were estimated between $10,000 and $25,000.


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