Michigan City burglary suspect dies in crash during police chase

PORTER COUNTY, Ind. (WNDU) – A Michigan City burglary suspect died after leading police on a chase and crashing into a semi-truck in Porter County.

It happened just after 8 p.m. Wednesday when Michigan City police were called to an ongoing burglary in the 600 block of Carlton Court.

The suspect fled and a chase began. The chase eventually continued on I-94 westbound from US 421.

As the car approached the 22 mile marker, the driver made a sudden lane change and the rear ended a tractor-trailer that was traveling in the middle lane. The suspect was trapped inside the car and killed. The driver of the semi-trailer was not injured.

The deceased suspect has been identified as Olajuan R. Nuttall, 29, of Michigan City. At the time of the lawsuit, Nuttall had 5 active warrants for various felonies and misdemeanors, all of which originated in LaPorte County.

Indiana State Police press release:

Around 8:06 p.m. Wednesday evening, the Michigan City Police Department responded to an address on Carlon Ct. for an ongoing burglary. Following that dispatch, a Michigan City police officer initiated a pursuit of the suspect, who fled the scene in a white 2009 Chevrolet Impala. The chase eventually continued onto I-94 westbound from US 421. A Lowell soldier in the area observed the vehicle traveling westbound at high speed after entering Porter County. The soldier activated his emergency lights and siren as the vehicle continued to flee. As the vehicle approached the 22 mile marker, the driver made a sudden lane change and the rear ended a tractor-trailer that was traveling in the middle lane. Following this impact, the vehicle slid under the semi-trailer and got stuck under the trailer. The driver of the tractor-trailer stopped on the right shoulder where the soldiers tried to rescue the driver. As a result of the impact, the driver was trapped inside the vehicle and sustained fatal injuries. The driver of the semi-trailer was not injured.

The deceased has been identified as Olajuan R. Nuttall, 29, of Michigan City, IN. Notification to the family has been made.

At the time of the prosecution, the suspect had 5 active warrants for various felonies and misdemeanors, all from LaPorte County.

Support Agencies: Michigan City Police Department, Porter County Coroner’s Office, Porter Police Department, Porter Fire Department, Indiana State Police Reconstruction Team and Indiana State Police Criminal Investigation Division.

Michigan City Police Department press release:

On February 9, 2022, at approximately 8:00 p.m., the LaPorte County Regional Dispatch Center received a 911 call for a burglary in progress in the 600 block of Carlon Ct. Uniform Patrol Shift 2 officers immediately responded to the call. area and located a white Chevy Impala in the 600 block of Carlon Ct with no lights on. Officers activated their hazard lights and attempted to stop the vehicle. The suspect vehicle fled south through Michigan City and entered I-94 westbound from US 421. The Michigan City Police Department continued to pursue I-94 and notified forces. of the surrounding order of the pursuit. Michigan City Police officers turned off their emergency lights and ended their pursuit of the white Chevy Impala near the 33-mile marker of westbound I-94.

Indiana State Police observed a white Chevy Impala traveling west on I-94 at high speed in Porter County and attempted to stop the vehicle.

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