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Driver in red Corvette leads police on high-speed chase through Lake, Porter counties
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Driver in red Corvette leads police on high-speed chase through Lake, Porter counties

STOCK Police - Lake County Sheriff

Lake County Sheriff

A 42-year-old Gary man driving a red Chevrolet Corvette led police on a high-speed chase Friday night through portions of Lake and Porter counties.

According to the Lake County Sheriff's Department, police on the lookout for carjackings in Gary first spotted the Corvette allegedly driving recklessly near 21st Avenue and Broadway where the driver was "doing doughnuts," or producing large amounts of smoke from his tires while driving in circles.

Officers pursued the Corvette south on Broadway and the driver pulled over just before Interstate 80/94. But when police approached the vehicle on foot the Corvette sped off onto the expressway, police said.

Dyer Public Works employees Martin Razo and Dave Purkey change a speed limit sign Monday near the intersection of 213th Street and Calumet Avenue. The town lowered the speed limit on Calumet Avenue to 35 mph. Previously, it was 45 mph. Video by Mary Freda

Police said the Corvette initially headed westbound on the expressway, exited at Grant Street "at extremely high rates of speed," ignored multiple stoplights, and then headed back eastbound on I-80/94 into Porter County.

According to police, officers from multiple departments attempted several techniques to end the pursuit safely.

The Corvette eventually came to a stop after striking a Lake Station police vehicle and the corner of an Aurelio's Pizza building near Airport Road and American Way in Portage, police said.

Ride along with Officer Jimmy Weller as he patrols the region's border of Lake Michigan as part of the Lake County Sheriff's Marine Unit. Video by Connor Burge. 

Police said the driver of the Corvette was immediately taken into custody and officers found a loaded Glock Model 29 handgun and a substance believed to be marijuana inside the vehicle.

According to the sheriff's department, the driver is likely to face multiple felony charges stemming from the chase, including fleeing law enforcement and reckless driving.

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