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Man tracked by helicopter, captured after fleeing from authorities, police say
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Man tracked by helicopter, captured after fleeing from authorities, police say

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GARY — Police in a helicopter and on the ground coordinated the capture of a man who they say crashed his vehicle during a pursuit Tuesday morning. 

At 10:30 a.m. Tuesday a Lake County sheriff’s officer attempted to stop a vehicle for a traffic infraction near Fifth Avenue and Interstate 65 in Gary, said Lake County Sheriff Oscar Martinez Jr.

The driver refused to pull over and led a chase through the northern region of Gary. The driver hit a curb on Fourth Avenue, causing the vehicle to become immobilized.

The driver abandoned the vehicle to run away on foot, however a Lake County Aviation Unit tracked his movements from above.

Officers were able to capture the suspect, who is a 21-year-old man from Gary. He is currently in Lake County Jail and criminal charges are being filed against him.

Martinez said the incident is under investigation.

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Anna Ortiz is the breaking news/crime reporter for The Times, covering crime, politics, courts and investigative news. She is a graduate of Ball State University with a major in journalism and minor in anthropology. 219-933-4194, anna.ortiz@nwi.com

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