HAMMOND — For the second time within a week, police arrested a man after the city's camera system alerted them a stolen car had entered the city.
Ishmael K. Muhammad, of Chicago, was arrested Sept. 9 after attempting to flee from a police officer and causing a crash on Indianapolis Boulevard, Lt. Steven Kellogg said.
In an earlier case, Drakkar M. Boyd, 22, was arrested Sept. 5 after leading authorities on a high-speed chase through Hammond into Gary in a stolen vehicle, according to police and court records.
Kellogg said the two cases show the effectiveness of the city's Blue Net system, which includes cameras and license plate readers. The system has proven instrumental in enforcing traffic laws, locating stolen vehicles, and solving crimes such as burglaries and robberies, he said.
In the Sept. 9 case, the city's Blue Net system alerted police to a stolen black 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee entering Hammond from Illinois about 11:30 a.m., Kellogg said.
An officer located the Jeep parked at a fuel pump at the BP gas station at 850 Indianapolis Blvd. and confirmed it had been reported stolen, he said.
A man driving the vehicle existed the gas station and sped off when the officer attempted a traffic stop. As the driver ran a red light, the side of the Jeep was struck by another car, Kellogg said.
The driver exited through the front passenger side of the stolen Jeep and attempted to hide behind the vehicle, police said.
The man was arrested on charges of auto theft and resisting law enforcement. No injuries were reported in the crash, Kellogg said.
Boyd was charged Sept. 6 in Lake Criminal Court with auto theft and two counts of resisting law enforcement, all felonies.
Hammond patrolmen were dispatched 2:45 a.m. Sept. 5 to 165th Street and State Line Avenue after a license plate reader alerted authorities the stolen vehicle had entered city limits, records state.
A patrol sergeant found the vehicle and attempted to stop it, but the driver sped off. A patrolman managed to puncture the vehicle's tire with stop sticks, but the driver continued fleeing, records state.
The vehicle eventually crashed into a fence at Seventh Avenue and Carolina Street in Gary. The driver was chased into a vacant building at 712 Virginia St., where a K-9 located Boyd hiding behind a dresser, records state.
Boyd was bitten by the K-9 and transported to Franciscan Hammond Health hospital for treatment.