Posted: Jan 22, 2021 / 10:53 PM EST
Updated: Jan 22, 2021 / 10:53 PM EST
Photo courtesy Indiana State Police
JASPER COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) – A man was arrested after escaping police, throwing stones and crashing into several police cruisers.
At 11:45 a.m. on Friday morning, the Lowell Regional Dispatch Center reports that there are calls from an unpredictable driver on I-65 heading north near the 215-mile mark. The vehicle was reported to weave, merge precariously in front of other vehicles, brake when necessary, drive along the middle of the two-lane, divided road, and almost stop in traffic.
The soldiers found the vehicle near the 225 mile mark and were able to put in a traffic stop after observing multiple traffic violations. The driver voluntarily stopped at the median and there was a routine traffic disruption, according to Indiana State Police.
During this initial interaction, soldiers report that the driver refused to provide identification. The driver was asked to leave the vehicle but continued to refuse to provide identification and refused to leave the vehicle. The driver made unpredictable and threatening statements to the officers, the report says. When the soldiers opened the driver’s door, he started the car and fled from the traffic stop.
A chase began when the vehicle was traveling north at high speed on I-65. The ramps to I-65 were closed for safety reasons as several authorities used stop sticks. Soldiers report that the vehicle hit two separate sets of stopping sticks that successfully deflated a tire.
As the pursuit continued north near the 248 mile mark, a deputy of the Lake County Sheriff’s stopped in front of the vehicle and tried to slow it down. The driver accelerated and rammed the back of the police car. A second police vehicle from Lake County was also hit by the Toyota.
The driver stopped his car near exit 249 and fled on foot. Soldiers report that the driver ran into a ditch where there were several large stones on which he began to throw the stones at the officers. At that time, attempts were made to subdue the man with non-lethal force, but this was ineffective.
A Crown Point K9 was used when the man continued to oppose arrest. He was then taken into custody.
After medical clearance, the suspect was taken to the Lake County Jail for processing. He was identified as Mohammed O. Elobaid, 29, from Indianapolis.
He is being held in Lake County on the following charges:
- Deadly weapon battery – Level 5 crimes
- Resisting Law Enforcement with Vehicle Tier 6 Crimes
- Battery Against Public Safety Official – Level 6 Crimes
- Resistance to Law Enforcement – Class A.
- Reckless Driving – Class A.
- Reckless Driving – Class B.
- Operating a Vehicle That Has Never Been Licensed – Class A Offenses
Additional fees must be filed in Jasper County.