IUN police officer injured in crash heading to chase
Post-Tribune staff report April 29, 2013 4:48PM
Gary police take Antonio Dove into custody at 43rd Avenue and Jefferson following a police pursuit in Gary, Ind. Monday April 29, 2013. Dove was the passenger in a car involved in a police chase that included a head-on collision of an Indiana Unviersity Northwest police cruiser and Dove's vehicle fleeing the scene. | Stephanie Dowell~Post-Tribune
Updated: April 29, 2013 8:17PM
GARY — An Indiana University Northwest officer was injured Monday as he raced to a scene where Gary police were chasing a man wanted for questioning in a homicide.
Michael Trueblood, 22, was in his IUN squad car about 1 p.m. when he hit another car head-on at Ridge Road and Van Buren Street. He was taken to The Methodist Hospitals Northlake with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the other car was also injured, but neither IUN nor Gary police had additional details.
The incident began when Patrolman Justin Clark saw several young men standing outside at 43rd Avenue and Jefferson Street. He recognized Antonio Dove, 27, who was wanted on warrants in Lake and Jasper counties. As Clark, a member of the Crime Suppression Unit, approached, the man scattered from near the gold GMC SUV where they had been gathered.
Dove ran into a yellow brick home at 301 W. 43rd Ave. Police arrived and surrounded the house until Dove was arrested without incident.
Police then remained on the scene while investigators obtained a search warrant, hoping they would locate evidence to link Dove to an unsolved homicide.
Dove was being held on warrants in Lake and Jasper counties and is expected to be charged with resisting law enforcement.
Trueblood joined the IUN campus police about one year ago, and served as a cadet prior to that, spokeswoman Emily Banas said.