Illinois Man Charged with Attempted Murder Following Terrifying I-65 Chase in Indiana


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Lake County, IN – An Illinois man has been charged with Attempted Murder following a harrowing chase on I-65 Wednesday.

According to Indiana State Police, Thomas J. Sanhamel, a 45-year-old resident of West Chicago, is now facing multiple felony charges, including attempted murder, after a high-speed pursuit that took place July 12th. The charges were filed by the Lake County Prosecutor’s Office.

At the time a slow-speed vehicle prompted a pursuit on I-65 when the driver refused to stop, escalating the situation. The suspect swerved towards law enforcement, rammed a police car, and drove the wrong way until forced into a median. Multiple attempts to evade capture occurred, including ramming a police car, before the suspect was finally apprehended.

Following a swift response by troopers, Sanhamel was taken into custody and subsequently transported to Franciscan Health Hospital in Crown Point for treatment after a K9 deployment.  Three troopers were injured during the rampage. 

Sanhamel was charged with Attempted Murder, Attempted Battery by Means of a Deadly Weapon, Attempt to Commit Battery Against Public Safety Official, multiple counts of Battery to Public Safety Official and Resisting Law Enforcement With a Vehicle. 


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