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Car salesman kidnapped during test drive that ended in high-speed crash into semi trailer


Indiana State Police (ISP) say that charges are pending against a man who took a car salesman for a ride against his will prior to a fiery crash into a semi truck.

The incident occurred on the afternoon of August 11 near Hobart, Indiana, according to a news release from ISP’s Lowell District.

Troopers say that at 4:30 p.m., they received a call from a car salesman trapped inside a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed on I-80/94 near mile marker 10.

The man reported that he was being held in against his will in. a 2009 Kia Borrego by a suspect during a test drive that started at the Bosco Family Motors dealership in Hobart.

While the salesman was still on the phone with 911 dispatchers, the Kia rear-ended a semi truck at a high rate of speed.

The Kia caught fire after the crash.

The salesman was partially trapped inside the Kia but was later pulled to safety by Good Samaritans.

The driver of the Kia, later identified as LaDarien D. Gregory, 29, was spotted walking away from the crash site.

The salesman was taken to the hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

Gregory was also taken to the hospital and later released into police custody.

The truck driver was unhurt.

Gregory is being held in the Lake County Jail pending charges.

The incident is still under investigation by state police.


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