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VALPARAISO — A police pursuit of suspects in a stolen car sent Ivy Tech's campus, Little U and and Victory Christian academies into a lockdown Monday afternoon.

The lockdown was lifted after four suspects were taken into custody, authorities said. 

Valparaiso police Sgt. E.J. Hall said officers initiated a traffic stop on eastbound Interstate 80/94 a little after 3 p.m. while working a criminal highway interdiction.

The vehicle, occupied by four people, was discovered to be reported stolen out of Elkhart and a chase ensued from I-94 to U.S. 421 and onto Ind. 2 in Valparaiso, he said. 

In the area of Cain and Engle drives, the vehicle stopped and everyone bailed out in attempts to run from police. 

Four people were taken into custody on charges of resisting law enforcement, including Andrew Sanner, 18, of Elkhart. The other three suspects are juveniles.

During the encounter, area schools were on lockdown and Washington Township School buses were diverted from the area. 

The lockdowns were lifted about 3:50 p.m. The investigation remains ongoing.

 

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Northlake County Reporter

Lauren covers North Lake County government, breaking news, crime and environmental issues for The Times. She previously worked at The Herald-News in Joliet. She holds a master’s degree in Public Affairs Reporting.