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.
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.
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.”
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
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.