Two arrested after high-speed chase from Portage to Hammond

Marc Lewis, 20, and Anthony Harris, 24.

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PORTAGE — Two Chicago men were arrested Wednesday afternoon after they allegedly led police on a high-speed chase along the Indiana Toll Road from Portage to Hammond.

Marc Lewis, 20, and Anthony Harris, 24, are being charged with auto theft, resisting law enforcement, criminal recklessness, possession of marijuana, reckless driving and never receiving a driver's license.

The incident started about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday when police received a report that someone was attempting to break into a storage container behind Walmart, 6087 U.S. 6, according to a police report.

As the two fled, police said authorities spotted a Ford Fusion going north on Willowcreek Road. Police attempted to stop the car, but the driver ran the red light at Central Avenue and Willowcreek Road, hopped the curb in front of Burger King to avoid police, drove through the grass and then back onto Willowcreek Road at a high rate of speed.

The chase then began as the car turned onto the Indiana Toll Road, striking the toll gate, breaking it and then going westbound, police said.

Portage officers, joined by Indiana State Police, continued the pursuit, which topped 100 mph, according to police.

State police deployed stop sticks at the 7-mile marker, which punctured the two front tires. A Portage officer performed a maneuver that caused the stolen car to stop along the guardrail in the Hammond area, police said.

Police approached the car with guns drawn. Neither man would open the locked doors, according to the report, and officers had to break out the rear window to gain entry. Both men were in the back seat. They were removed and taken into custody.

The car was reported stolen from Evergreen Park, Illinois.

Both men were transported to Porter County Jail. Harris was taken to a local hospital for cuts to his face from the glass and was medically cleared.

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Porter County reporter

Joyce has been a staff writer for The Times for more than 20 years. She is the municipal and education reporter for Porter County. She is an amateur genealogist and writes a blog, Remember your Roots, appearing online each Thursday.