CROWN POINT — A Chicago man led police on a high-speed pursuit Saturday, stopped suddenly and caused police to crash, and was caught by a K-9 as he tried to run through a parking lot, court records say.
Samuel Kelly, 41, smelled of alcohol as he told police he fled a traffic stop at 850 W. U.S. 30 in Merrillville because he was wanted on warrants out of Ohio and Minnesota, according to court records.
A Merrillville police officer attempted to pull over a black Nissan after Kelly disregarded a red light while turning onto the frontage road in the 700 block of U.S. 30, Lake Criminal Court records say.
Kelly pulled into the parking lot at a cigar shop in the 800 block of U.S. 30, but then drove through a grass parkway and sped off west on U.S. 30, records allege.
At one point, police clocked Kelly going 108 mph in a 45 mph zone. Schererville police successfully deployed a tire-deflating device on U.S. 30 near Cline Avenue, but Kelly continued driving west in the eastbound lanes, records say.
Kelly sped through the parking lot at the BP gas station at U.S. 30 and U.S. 41, headed north on U.S. 41 and suddenly stopped, records say.
The stop caused two crashes involving Schererville and Lake County police cars and left a Schererville officer with minor injuries. The officer was treated and later returned to work, police Cmdr. Jeff Cook said.
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Kelly exited the Nissan and ran through the Walmart parking lot, but was caught by Schererville police K-9 Bosco.
Kelly was taken to a hospital for treatment. Police obtained a warrant for a blood draw to test Kelly for alcohol use, records say.
Kelly was charged Tuesday with two felony counts of resisting law enforcement, one felony count of leaving the scene of an accident causing injury, and misdemeanor counts of resisting law enforcement and operating while intoxicated.
Not guilty pleas were entered on Kelly's behalf during an initial appearance Wednesday. He also signed a waiver of extradition, records show.