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CROWN POINT — An Illinois man with cash and cocaine in his pockets fled a traffic stop Monday in Gary, causing a two-vehicle crash that injured a woman, according to court records filed Wednesday.

Daniel I. Torrence is charged in Lake Criminal Court with dealing in cocaine, resisting law enforcement and leaving the scene of an accident with serious bodily injury, all felonies.

Torrence, 35, of Dolton, was in custody Thursday with a $75,000 surety bond, according to court records.

An Indiana State trooper reported he was driving 12:30 p.m. Monday in the area of Martin Luther King Drive and 15th Avenue in Gary when he observed a vehicle with an expired temporary plate turn east on 15th Avenue.

He stopped the vehicle and identified the driver as Torrence, records state. Torrence had three cell phones and could not tell the trooper who owned the car or why he was headed to the Miller neighborhood.

The trooper ran the vehicle's information and discovered it was owned by a woman in Indianapolis. Torrence sped off from the scene after a second trooper arrived for backup, records state.

The officers briefly chased Torrence, but terminated the pursuit due to the suspect's “extremely reckless driving,” which included high speeds and driving into oncoming traffic, records state.

As the trooper began to turn around at the top of a hill, he saw Torrence crash into a silver vehicle, records state. Torrence tried to run from the vehicle, but was arrested after a brief chase.

The woman driving the silver vehicle was transported to Methodist Hospitals Northlake Campus for injuries that included a broken foot and severe back pain, records state.

About 4 grams of cocaine and $1,067 in cash was found in Torrence's pockets, records state.

Torrence has previously served prison time on drug and weapon charges, records state. He was sentenced to four years in prison in 2010 for possessing a handgun with an obliterated serial number and possession of cocaine. In 2015, he was sentenced to two years in prison for possession of a narcotic drug.


Lake County Courts and Social Justice Reporter

Steve covers Lake County courts and social justice issues for The Times. The UW-Milwaukee graduate joined The Times in 2016 after reporting on criminal justice in New Mexico and Wisconsin.