Updated: May 14, 2014 6:39AM
HOBART — The break Christopher Lafferty received when he was sentenced for killing a Hammond man with his car and then leaving the scene was designed to make him a better man, the judge said when she amended the order in 2011.
“This is something that comes along once in a lifetime. If he succeeds, he’ll come out a better person,” Lake Superior Court Judge Diane Ross Boswell said when she agreed to amend his punishment to allow him to travel out of town for basketball practice.
But Lafferty, 36, of Hobart, is back in Lake County Jail, facing charges of dealing drugs after a lengthy investigation by the Gary police Narcotics-Vice Unit and local DEA agents, police said Friday.
Police served a search warrant at Lafferty’s home, 1622 Vine Court, in the Brookview subdivision Friday morning, arresting Lafferty and seizing large quantities of drugs, police said.
After the Gary drug unit received an anonymous tip, detectives began an investigation and determined that Lafferty was providing cocaine and marijuana to dealers in Gary, police said.
Lafferty was home when the search warrant was served. He is in custody.
In October 2010, Lafferty was driving west on U.S. 30 about 4:30 a.m. when he struck Wesley Vaughn IV, 38, of Hammond, who was walking on the divided highway near Taney Street. While his passenger told police she thought he had hit a person, Lafferty claimed it was a deer. He left his damaged car in a nearby parking lot and left the area.
In April, 2011, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to two years in the Lake County Community Corrections Kimbrough Work Program, followed by two years of probation. In November 2011, he asked the judge to modify his sentence so he could travel out of the jurisdiction for basketball. Vaughn’s widow protested the change.
On Thursday, Lafferty appeared in court on two allegations he violated his probation. He was ordered to pay a $200 fine, court records show.