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Police have arrested two juveniles in connection with Friday morning’s pursuit that led to the cancellation of all Crown Point schools.

The incident began when police responded to a suspicious vehicle and possible shots fired in the 100 block of 128th Place, according to authorities. 

Police said the caller reported he saw the two subjects getting into a vehicle and was able to provide a description of the car. The caller also said they thought they heard gunshots from the same area. 

Police said arriving officers spotted the car and as they attempted to conduct a traffic stop, it began to flee. The vehicle eventually crashed into a utility pole and rolled over, coming to rest on its roof. Both occupants managed to exit the car and flee from the scene, prompting a ground and air search by multiple law enforcement agencies.

During the investigation, the vehicle was found to have been stolen out of Valparaiso, according to police. Additionally, officers recovered a handgun which was reported stolen out of Orland Park, Illinois.

Police said one of the suspects was located still in the area and the other was found at his residence. Both had suffered injuries from the crash and were taken for medical treatment.

According to police, the juveniles are both 17. One is a resident of Valparaiso with the other from Hammond.

Each was housed at the Lake County Juvenile Detention Center on charges of auto theft and resisting law enforcement, police said.

Crown Point detectives are working with the Orland Park Police Department, who will handle the stolen handgun charge. Detectives are continuing with their investigation into any crimes the suspects may have committed in Crown Point, they said. 

“This was an incident that could have very easily turned out much worse for our officers and citizens who happen to be in this area," Crown Point Police Chief Pete Land said. "The Police Department was in constant communication with the school corporation to ensure the safety of the kids as they were preparing to go to school.” 

Crown Point police were assisted by the Lake County Sheriff’s Department and the Indiana State Police.


Lake County reporter

Rob covers urban affairs and other matters in Crown Point, St. John, Winfield and beyond. Previously he covered Valparaiso, Hammond, Gary and East Chicago. He's also written for various magazines and pens a culture blog for The Times.