Hammond Police Seek Help Finding Suspect Who Nearly Ran Over Chief of Police

Derrick Turner. All suspects are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law

“If anyone has any information about the current location of Mr. Garrick Turner, they are asked to please call the Hammond Police Dept. Detective Bureau at (219) 852-2906.”

April 20, 2018-Hammond Police Chief John Doughty was nearly struck by a vehicle recently as a violent convicted felon attempted to flee from a traffic stop according to Hammond Police. “It started at approximately 6:30 PM as Chief Doughty observed a silver Hyundai run a red light in South Hammond. The in-car camera captured the traffic offense on video and the Chief performed a traffic stop. . . as the driver fled the scene of the traffic stop and nearly struck the Chief before he was able to move out of the way” according to Lt. Steven Kellogg. Chief Doughty was joined by other officers who pursued the vehicle which travelled at a high rate of speed through the streets and alleys in south Hammond.

Chief Doughty was able to capture a clear picture of the suspects face with his body worn camera according to the statement. Officers lost track of the vehicle and were unable to locate it despite diligent efforts. Police then used license plate reader data and located the vehicle parked outside of a residence in Hammond according to the report. Detectives investigated and identified a possible driver of the vehicle. Using the images captured on Chief Doughty’s body-worn camera, they were able to positively identify Mr. Garrick Turner as the fleeing driver. Mr. Turner is on parole through the State of Illinois for Aggravated Robbery and Attempted Unlawful Use of a Weapon. Charges have been filed by Captain Zeke Hinojosa for two counts of resisting law enforcement.

“This is the perfect blend of our current technology in use” stated Chief Doughty. “Our officers have completely embraced these new tools and are sending a clear message to criminals. If you come to our city and commit a crime, you will be caught.”

Here’s how it worked. The in-car camera proved the violation by catching the crime on video, the body-worn camera positively identified the driver of the vehicle by capturing his image, and the license plate reader system (Also known as Hammond’s Blue Net sponsored by Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr.) helped police locate the vehicle in a different part of the city. If you add in a batch of dedicated police officers, you have an unstoppable team effort.

The one piece of the puzzle which officers say will help solve this crime is tips from the public. Hammond Police Spokesman Lt. Steve Kellogg stated “Mr. Turner is on the run from the police. A parole violator with two warrants and that makes for a dangerous combination. Mr. Turner needs to be found and we need the community help to find him.”

If anyone has any information about the current location of Mr. Garrick Turner, they are asked to please call the Hammond Police Dept. Detective Bureau at (219) 852-2906.

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