Driver arrested after shooting handgun on Indiana toll road

LAKE COUNTY – Early Saturday morning at approximately 3:00 a.m., a trooper on the Indiana Toll Road observed a passenger car traveling west shooting a gun out the window. 

The trooper immediately pulled out behind the vehicle and initiated a felony traffic stop. All the occupants were taken into custody without further incident.  Detectives from the Lowell Post Criminal Investigations Division responded to the scene to investigate and during the investigation, a 9mm Sig P365 was recovered.

The driver, Julio H. Miramontes, 31, from Chicago, IL, was transported to the Lake County Jail and is preliminarily charged with criminal recklessness with a handgun, a level 6 Felony.

The two passengers in the vehicle were not charged and were released at the scene. The roadway was closed for approximately 3 hours to complete the investigation. Assisting at the scene was the Hammond Police Department, Lake County Sheriff’s Department and the Munster Police Department.

All persons named in this release are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court. Charges mentioned are merely accusations, actual charges will be determined by the Lake County Prosecutor’s Office.