At Least 3 Injured After Vehicle Fleeing Traffic Stop Slams Into NW Indiana Restaurant

The driver hit multiple buildings as he tried to get away from police

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At least three people were hurt after a person fleeing a traffic stop slammed into multiple buildings in northwest Indiana Wednesday evening.

According to Munster police, officers approached an SUV in the 8200 block of Calumet Avenue at approximately 6 p.m. The driver was not alert when police approached the vehicle, but after they were able to get his attention he immediately sped away from the scene at a high rate of speed.

Officers say the man then slammed his vehicle into a nearby printing business, then continued back across Calumet Avenue and slammed into the Munster Gyros restaurant, where the vehicle came to a stop.

"He hit a median here, and he went right through our door," restaurant owner John Spanos said. "He knocked over bricks on the side there and went halfway into the restaurant."

According to officials, two people who were standing at the counter of the restaurant were injured and transported to an area hospital for treatment. The driver of the SUV was also hospitalized, but police have not provided updates on the conditions of those involved.

"It didn't feel real," Spanos said. "It felt like something that you see on TV. One of those action packed shows, and it happened to us."

The building suffered major damage, according to authorities.

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