Michigan City man arrested after leading police on chase

2013-04-05T11:25:00Z 2013-04-06T01:15:00Z Michigan City man arrested after leading police on chaseJoyce Russell joyce.russell@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2222 nwitimes.com

PORTAGE | A Michigan City man is facing various charges after leading police on a chase Thursday afternoon.

Police clocked Joseph T. Hernandez, 29, driving at 84 mph on U.S. 20 and at speeds in excess of 100 mph on Interstate 94 before he was stopped by an Indiana State trooper on the interstate's exit ramp of Ind. 49.

The chase started about 2 p.m. Thursday when police spotted Hernandez driving his 2013 Dodge Avenger over the speed limit eastbound on U.S. 20. When the officer initiated a traffic stop, Hernandez swerved southbound from U.S. 20 onto Crisman Road, crossing the median into a gas station parking lot and then headed back northbound on Ind. 249, running the red light.

Hernandez then turned onto eastbound Interstate 94 and allegedly accelerated to speeds in excess of 100 mph, according to a police report.

According to the report, Hernandez continued to drive eastbound, swerving across all lanes of traffic, trying to elude Portage, Porter County and state police, all who were in pursuit.

Hernandez was finally stopped as he exited Interstate 94 onto southbound Ind. 49. He allegedly told police he was on the way to a hospital to visit his son. A check at the hospital found no one by that name at the facility.

Hernandez was taken into custody and held on various charges, including operating while intoxicated with a prior conviction, fleeing law enforcement and criminal recklessness with a vehicle charges. He was also cited for speeding, disregarding an automatic signal and unsafe lane movement.

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