After three people fled a wreck Thursday on Interstate 80/90 East in Hammond, a woman hiding near the crash stopped breathing and had to be revived by police. Meanwhile, the driver was hiding in a nearby hotel bathroom, police said.
At 3:25 a.m., Indiana State Police were dispatched to a vehicle that slid off the ramp from I-80/90 eastbound to Kennedy Avenue northbound and into standing water, according to a news release from Indiana State Police.
A motorist at the scene told police that two of the vehicle's occupants were hiding in the tall grass outside of the barrier wall.
A state trooper and a Griffith officer searched and found a man and woman hiding near the ramp.
The woman, a 20-year-old from East Chicago, began convulsing and stopped breathing. State Trooper William Carlson performed chest compressions and used life-saving instruments provided by Griffith Officer Todd Dawes. The woman regained consciousness and was transported to Munster Community Hospital for medical care, police said.
The man, Anthony Luis Salinas, 28, of Hammond was arrested by Hammond officers on multiple outstanding Hammond and Lake County warrants, including two counts of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and leaving the scene.
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The driver of the car, Gabriel Salinas, 38, of Valparaiso, was hiding in a bathroom at a nearby hotel, police said. After being found by the Hammond officer, Salinas told police that black ice caused him to lose control of the vehicle and drive into standing water.
Police said Salinas was found to be intoxicated and charged him with OWI endangerment and leaving the scene of a property damage crash. Police arrested Salinas and transported him to Lake County Jail.
The wreck closed the northbound Kennedy to I-80 eastbound ramp for half an hour. Multiple agencies assisted on the scene, including Hammond officers, Griffith officers, state troopers, Hammond EMS and Hammond Fire Department.