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CROWN POINT — An Illinois man is facing several charges after police say he led them Friday on a high-speed chase to Calumet City.

The incident began just after 1 p.m. when police were alerted to a hit and run at the intersection of North Street and Indiana Avenue. The fleeing dark blue Dodge Ram truck with a temporary Illinois plate and cap on its bed was spotted traveling at a high rate of speed through a retail parking lot in the 1200 block of North Main Street, according to a news release from the Crown Point Police Department.

The driver, identified as Kennith Joe Andrade, 28, of Wilmington, Illinois, began driving northbound on Main Street, nearly striking another vehicle, police said. Andrade then turned eastbound onto U.S. 30, and Crown Point police were joined by Merrillville police.

As the truck continued toward Interstate 65, a Merrillville unit pulled in front of it in an attempt to slow the truck down and give oncoming traffic a warning of the pursuit. The truck rammed the rear of the Merrillville police car, nearly causing it to crash into the center median.

Andrade continued northbound on I-65. The Lake County Sheriff's Department Eagle 1 helicopter joined the chase near the Ridge Road intersection. They located the truck and maintained visual contact on it.

The truck then entered westbound onto Interstate 94, and Crown Point police ended the pursuit due to heavy traffic.

Andrade was apprehended at a gas station in the 1800 block of Sibley Boulevard in Calumet City.

He was charged with felony counts of operating a vehicle as a habitual traffic violator; possession of a narcotic drug; possession of a hypodermic needle; resisting law enforcement; possession of paraphernalia and misdemeanor counts of failure of duty resulting in injury, aggressive driving, failure of duty, occupied vehicle, reckless driving and numerous traffic violations.

Andrade was taken into custody by the Calumet City Police Department with a 48-hour hold, pending charges from Crown Point and extradition.

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Porter County reporter

Joyce has been a reporter for more than 38 years, including 23 years with The Times. She covers municipal and school government in Valparaiso and Portage.