An Illinois man
tried to flee from an Indiana State Police trooper on Sunday but he couldn’t
police, at 2:30 a.m. Trooper Alaa Hamed was sitting in his stationary squad
car approximately two and a half miles east of the Illinois state line on
the Indiana Toll Road when he observed a 2016 Chevrolet Impala westbound at
a high rate of speed. Hamed clocked the Impala at 91 miles per hours in a
zone posted at 70 mph, and subsequently executed a traffic stop on the car
at the 1.2 mile marker, police said.
While speaking with
the driver--who failed to identify himself--the driver took off in the
Impala and fled the scene, prompting Hamed to return to his squad car and a
pursuit ensued. “Traffic was light, roads were dry, and weather was clear,”
police said. “Speeds reached in excess of 100 mph.”
Then the Impala
exited the Toll Road onto Indianapolis Blvd./U.S. Highway 41, made a right
at the bottom of the ramp, and proceeded southbound to 110th Street, then
continued south to where it becomes Calumet Ave., police said. At that point
the vehicle suddenly stopped, made a U-turn, and went northbound until
making a right onto 121st Street. At that point Hamed lost sight of the
Impala and ended the pursuit.
But Hamed remained
in the area, until four minutes later he saw the Impala emerge from an alley
adjacent to the intersection of Indianapolis Blvd. and 115th Street. A
vehicular pursuit began again, which ended when the Impala came to a
dead-end on Myrtle Ave., police said.
The driver then
exited the Impala and jumped over a fence, with Hamed right behind him on
foot, identifying himself as a trooper and ordering him to stop or be Tased,
police said. In fact Hamed did attempt to Tase the suspect, unsuccessfully,
and the chase continued through several backyards until Hamed finally
succeeded in tackling him in the backyard of a residence, police said.
The driver was
identified as Bernard R. Harrison, 35 of Chicago, and found next to him were
two separate 5-gram individual packaged baggies containing suspected
marijuana, police said. On Harrison’s person Hamed recovered $3,665 in cash,
and on his ankle discovered a monitor issued through Illinois in connection
to an OWI charge, police said.
transported to Lake County Jail on charges of driving while suspended,
resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, resisting law enforcement, failure
to identify, reckless driving, dealing marijuana, and possession of
marijuana, police said.