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GARY — Police arrested a 17-year-old Thursday and discovered he had been driving a stolen vehicle during a high-speed chase that involved at least one other stolen vehicle, an official said.

Gary police were dispatched about 7 a.m. to the 200 block of Arthur Street after a resident reported someone stole a gold Chevrolet Impala after its owner left it idling to warm up, Cmdr. Jack Hamady said.

While en route, an officer saw a gold Chevrolet Impala and gray Nissan Versa speeding eastbound on Third Avenue from Taft Street. The officer caught up with both vehicles, turned on his emergency lights and attempted to stop the two drivers.

The drivers didn't stop and turned north on Roosevelt Street from Third Avenue and east on Second Avenue, police said. A red SUV became involved in the chase, and the drivers of the red SUV and gold Impala drove head-on at an officer's squad car, Hamady said.

An officer continued to pursue the gray Nissan to the area of Second Avenue and Cleveland Street, where the driver lost control and crashed into a guardrail.

The 17-year-old Gary boy stepped out of the car with his hands up, but ran when the officer attempted to approach him, police said.

The foot chase continued between homes and over fences. The officer requested backup, and police attempted to track the teen with a K-9. 

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As the K-9 officer was preparing to return to his squad, another officer located the 17-year-old at Fifth Avenue and Polk Street. 

The officer involved in the pursuit positively identified the boy as the suspect, and the boy was taken to Methodist Hospitals Northlake Campus for treatment of minor cuts. He later was taken to the Gary Police Department Juvenile Division for further questioning.

Police recovered the gray Nissan, which also had been reported stolen, Hamady said.

The boy was being held on suspicion of felony fleeing law enforcement, resisting law enforcement and auto theft.

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