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Woman speeding at 100 mph leads chase, passengers bail out of Cadillac, police say

Woman speeding at 100 mph leads chase, passengers bail out of Cadillac, police say

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HAMMOND — A woman led chase after an officer spotted her driving 100 mph in a 55 mph zone, police said. 

At 11:53 p.m. Wednesday a Lake County Sheriff's officer was driving north on Cline Avenue under the Interstate 80/94 overpass when he saw a black Cadillac speeding north on Cline Avenue and not using proper signaling, according to a report from the Lake County Sheriff's Department. 

As the officer drove behind the car, he clocked it going 100 mph in a 55 mph zone, police said. The officer activated his lights and siren to stop the vehicle, but it continued traveling north until the driver pulled over just north of the Gary exit. 

However, as the officer approached the vehicle, which had four people inside, the woman driving sped away. The chase progressed to Guthrie Street until the officer lost sight of the vehicle after turning north on Commonwealth Avenue. 

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Shortly after, East Chicago police alerted the officer the vehicle had been found. The driver was arrested but the three other occupants had abandoned the vehicle and ran away and were not found. 

A small white dog was left inside the car and officers also found suspected marijuana under the driver's seat, police said. The woman, a 20-year-old Chicago resident, was taken to Lake County Jail and criminal charges are pending. The dog was released in the care of a family member.  

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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,

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