High-Speed Chase: How Technology Helped Lake County Sheriff’s Department Arrest a Stolen Car Thief

Sheriff in Lake County attributes arrest to technology following pursuit

On March 26, a high-speed chase involving a stolen car and an officer from the Lake County Sheriff’s Department came to an end thanks to the help of technology. According to Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Pam Jones, an alert was received from the department’s license plate reader network that a stolen vehicle was heading eastbound on the Borman expressway shortly before noon.

When the officer located the vehicle and attempted to make a traffic stop, the driver chose to flee at high speeds. The driver led officers through Gary and Lake Station before continuing into Porter County via Indiana Highway 49. Following the pursuit, officers executed a maneuver to stop the vehicle and apprehended the driver without any further incident. It was later confirmed that the vehicle had been reported stolen from Broadview, Illinois, Jones explained.

Sheriff Oscar Martinez Jr. emphasized the importance of technology in aiding officers in swiftly solving crimes such as stolen vehicle cases and making arrests before individuals have the opportunity to commit more offenses. He expressed a commitment to continuing to enhance the sheriff’s department by investing in new technology that can assist officers in their duties.

Michelle L. Quinn, a freelance reporter for the Post-Tribune, contributed to this report.

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