A Chicago man driving a box truck was arrested Monday on a charge of leaving
the scene of an accident after rear ending a vehicle on Ind. 51 (Ripley
Street) in Lake Station, the Indiana State Police said.
According to police, at 3:40 p.m. Martell M. Reynolds, 25, was northbound on
Ind. 51, when he rear ended a second vehicle stopped for a red light in
front of the Flying J Truck Stop. After the collision, police said, Reynolds
drove around the second vehicle and exited Ind. 51 onto westbound I-80. The
driver of the second vehicle, however, followed Reynolds and kept an ISP
dispatcher apprised of Reynolds’ location, police said.
Reynolds was stopped on I-80 near Indianapolis Blvd., where he told troopers
that “his brakes weren’t working so he couldn’t stop.”
“Troopers found this suspicious because when they stopped the truck they
were on a hill crest yet the truck never rolled back,” police said.
“Reynolds also stated he was coming back from Ohio and the brakes just went
out on Ripley Street.”
Reynolds was charged with leaving the scene of an accident and issued
citations for no proof of financial responsibility and no commercial
driver’s license, police said. He was transported to Lake County Jail.
The driver of the second vehicle and his passenger complained of pain but
both refused treatment at the scene, police said.