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Man Wanted in La Porte Dies in Police Chase

(Porter County, IN) - A man wanted by the law in La Porte County died following an interstate police chase.


It started Wednesday morning just before 9:00 a.m..  A State Trooper pulled over a 2012 Ford Focus in an I-94 construction zone in La Porte County.  The driver, identified as 22-year-old Vernell Muhammad, had an outstanding warrant for Domestic Battery and Strangulation from back in March.  Police reports say Muhammad was from Chicago, but court records tie him to Michigan City.


Rather than surrender, Muhammad drove off, leading police on a nearly-20-mile chase west.  Near Burns Harbor, Muhammad crashed into the back of a semi.  He was ejected from his vehicle and was later pronounced dead at a Chicago hospital.


Westbound I-94 was closed for about two hours following the crash.

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