HAMMOND — A police chase turned deadly Wednesday night after an 25-year-old Hammond man allegedly attempted to evade an officer before flipping his vehicle onto the porch of a home and being ejected from the car.
The deceased was identified by the Lake County coroner's office as Antonio Short.
Police and Lake County coroner's officials were on scene for the fatal wreck near the intersection of 165th Street and Blaine Avenue.
According to Hammond police, at about 6:40 p.m., a Hammond police officer was on patrol conducting a check at a gas station in the 6400 block of Calumet Avenue when the officer observed a black Chevrolet Monte Carlo parked at one of the pumps.
Police said the officer recognized the vehicle from a previous call in which the driver fled from police. The officer knew the previous driver of the vehicle had an active arrest warrant. The officer attempted to approach Short to speak with him as he exited the store. Short allegedly quickly walked towards his car, got inside and locked the door. Short refused to exit the vehicle and then started the vehicle, quickly driving away in reverse, police said.
Short fled west on 165th Street. The officer activated his emergency lights and attempted to stop the vehicle but lost sight of the vehicle. As the officer approached where he had last observed the vehicle, he saw a cloud of smoke and the vehicle flipped over. Upon checking the area, Short was located nearby on the ground, apparently having been ejected from the vehicle.
Medical attention was immediately dispatched, and upon arrival, Hammond Fire Department declared Short was deceased.
First responders were alerted to the crash at 6:43 p.m. but were initially sent to 165th and Calumet Avenue.
The Indiana State Police were notified and responded to the scene to investigate the cause and extent of the accident.
No cause of death was listed for Short, but a coroner's report stated he suffered blunt force trauma.
165th Street was closed from Harrison Avenue to Lyman Avenue due to the wreck.
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