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Lake County Sheriff

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A Gary man has been charged with child endangerment after leading police on a car chase into south Lake County with his two daughters in the back seat, police said Monday.

The driver, identified as Javis D. Hall, 30, of Gary, sped away when a Newton County sheriff’s deputy attempted to pull over Hall’s Chevrolet Impala on U.S. 41 just south of Morocco, according to Newton County Sheriff spokesperson Capt. Shannon Cothran.

The chase began at 8:13 a.m. Sunday, when the deputy activated his emergency lights behind Hall’s car. Hall initially acted as if he was going to pull over, but then continued to drive northbound on U.S. 41 into the Cedar Lake area, according to Cothran.

Hall ran out of gas near the intersection of U.S. 41 and 157th Ave. in unincorporated Lake County. Upon reaching Hall’s car, responding officers discovered two children, later identified as his daughters, ages 4 and 8, riding in the back.

Officers also found Hall to be in possession of a “controlled substance,” Cothran said.

Hall was later taken to the Newton County Jail, where he was charged with reckless driving, criminal recklessness with a motor vehicle, resisting law enforcement with a motor vehicle, child endangerment and possession of a controlled substance. 

Family services provided the children with a meal and released them to their mother, according to Cothran.

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