Officer responding to drunk driving call injured in Hammond crash

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Friday, June 10, 2016
(Lake County Sheriff's Department)
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HAMMOND, Ind. (WLS) -- A Lake County sheriff's officer was injured when a vehicle struck his squad car in northwest Indiana Friday morning.

A spokesperson for the Lake County Sheriff's Department said the officer was responding to a call about a reckless driver shortly before 5 a.m. when a Dodge Ram pick-up truck hit his car near Columbia Avenue and Gostlin Street in Hammond, Ind.

The officer was taken to the hospital, where his condition stabilized. Police say the driver of the pick-up is not believed to have been the subject of the reckless driving report.

The driver of the pick-up was also taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, police said.

The crash is under investigation. Anyone with possible information about the crash should contact Hammond Police Sgt. Tracy Laurinec at 219-852-2942.