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ISP: Key fob puts man behind wheel in pursuit

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A man who denied being the driver of an abandoned vehicle previously involved in a high-speed pursuit on the Indiana Toll Road in Lake County was arrested early this morning after the Indiana State Police said that he was found to be in possession of the vehicle’s key fob.

According to police, at 2:57 a.m. two troopers on patrol in the eastbound lanes of the Toll Road, near Calumet Ave., spotted a 2011 Audi A8 weaving and making unsafe lane movements. When they attempted to execute a traffic stop, the driver accelerated to 140 miles per hour before getting off at the Cline Ave. exit, then proceeding westbound on Gary Ave.

The pursuit continued into East Chicago and at one point, when blocked by a train, the driver made a U-turn over a raised concrete median, police said, with the pursuit continuing on Fifth Ave. and the driver “disregarding stops signs and traffic lights.”

Police noted that “there was no pedestrian or vehicle traffic at this time.”

Ultimately the troopers lost sight of the Audi in the area of Carroll and Truman streets. The Audi, however, was found abandoned at 3:24 a.m. by Hammond Police, and shortly thereafter the troopers observed a man and a woman resembling those in the Audi walking away from a gas station in the 1400 block of Michigan Street.

The man, identified as Baylen J. Clark, 31, of Chicago, denied being the Audi’s driver, but a key fob found in his underwear belonged to that vehicle, police said.

Clark was arrested on charges of resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, reckless driving, possession of marijuana, operating while intoxicated, and false informing, police said. He was also issued a citation for driving while suspended, unsafe lane movement, and disregarding a traffic device, and transported to Lake County Jail. The woman in his company was released.


Posted 2/27/2019




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