CROWN POINT — A 47-year-old man who allegedly crashed a stolen vehicle Sunday while attempting to elude authorities in Dyer attempted a second escape Monday from a hospital, court records state.
Brian K. Stewart, of East Chicago, is charged in Lake Criminal Court with multiple felony counts of robbery, auto theft, criminal recklessness and escape on allegations he twice tried to escape authorities earlier this week.
Stewart and Dianna M. Krask, 42, of Chicago, were arrested about 5:24 p.m. Sunday after Stewart crashed a red Kia Sedona minivan at the intersection of Calumet Avenue and U.S. 30 in Dyer, records state. The pair allegedly fled police in the stolen vehicle after shoplifting from a Jewel-Osco on U.S. 30.
Stewart attempted to steal a second vehicle after crashing the Kia, records state. The vehicle's owner, bodybuilder Edward McCracken, told The Times earlier this week he was able to place the suspect in a headlock with help from another bystander.
Stewart was transported to Franciscan Hospital after the crash, records state. Despite a police hold, he allegedly fled the hospital 9:13 a.m. Monday and attempted to steal a vehicle from a nearby gas station.
A hospital security officer and Gary police sergeant fought with Stewart after he jumped into a white Audi at the gas station and attempted to drive away. The vehicle's owner managed to press the vehicle's stop engine button and rescue his Yorkie while the two officers took Stewart back into custody, records state.
Stewart is not afforded bond on his criminal charges.
Stewart has a formal court appearance Friday.