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1 ejected into car wash in chase with multiple crashes, police say
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1 ejected into car wash in chase with multiple crashes, police say

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HOBART — One person was ejected into a car wash following a pursuit Tuesday morning, police said. 

A 26-year-old Gary woman was arrested and may face several criminal charges, said Hobart Police Department Capt. James Gonzales. 

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The incident began at 9:39 a.m. Tuesday a Hobart officer was in the area of 37th Avenue and Liverpool Road when a black Dodge Avenger was seen speeding at 65 mph in a posted 35 mph zone and making unsafe lane changes, police reported. 

The officer pulled the vehicle over at 37th Avenue and Liverpool Road and discovered the driver had a suspended license.

The officer approached the driver to say her license was suspended and her vehicle would need to be towed, however as he began to open her door and have her step out, she sped away. 

Police pursued her going south Liverpool Road to 49th Avenue and then westbound on 49th Avenue. She then led chase from west on 49th Avenue to 49th Avenue and Adams Street, turning south onto Adams Street. The driver then headed south on Adams Street to 50th Avenue, turning eastbound onto 50th Avenue.

As she fled east 50th Avenue, she struck a northbound vehicle as she tried to go east across 50th Avenue and Broadway.

As the fleeing woman hit the driver's side of the northbound vehicle, the impact forced it to strike another vehicle and crash into the interior of the car wash and detailing business located on the northeast corner of 50th Avenue and Broadway, police said. 

The driver of the northbound vehicle was ejected and landed inside of the business, Gonzales said.

As the vehicle crashed through the front of the building, it hit another vehicle that was inside of the business. 

Both the woman who led the chase and the driver of the northbound vehicle were transported to local area hospitals. Their conditions are unknown. 

Hobart Investigators have obtained a search warrant and were able to conduct a blood draw for the suspect at the hospital. 

Both of the vehicles were impounded from the crash scene.

Hobart police are working on the investigation and charges will be presented to the Lake County Prosecutor's Office.

The potential criminal charges police intend to file are fleeing law enforcement by vehicle, reckless driving, driving while suspended, as well as additional charges or enhancements depending on the outcome of the toxicology results. Her identity will be released once the charges are accepted. 

The Gary Police Department conducted the crash investigation and assisted Hobart police at the scene.

"The Hobart Police Department would like to thank the other assisting agencies for their assistance," Gonzales said. 

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Night Crime/Breaking News Reporter

Anna Ortiz is the breaking news/crime reporter for The Times, covering crime, politics, courts and investigative news. She is a graduate of Ball State University with a major in journalism and minor in anthropology. 219-933-4194, anna.ortiz@nwi.com

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