Man leads troopers on a pursuit for the second time in four months

LAKE CO. – Monday morning at approximately 3:30 a.m., Trooper Cox was patrolling I-80/94 near Calumet Avenue when he observed a black Honda Ridgeline traveling eastbound at a high rate of speed. 

A traffic stop was initiated; however, the vehicle failed to stop and accelerated away from the trooper.  A pursuit was initiated as the vehicle continued east to Burr Street where it exited and proceeded south.  As the vehicle continued on Burr St., the driver failed to stop at the T-intersection at Ridge Road.  The vehicle proceeded to vault over a hill, striking a tree approximately 15 feet off the ground. 

The driver, later identified as 41-year-old Daniel Rojas Zoloaga, from Glenwood, Illinois, was located in the vehicle and was unconscious.  He was transported to Munster Community Hospital for treatment of injuries sustained as a result of the crash. 

Daniel Rojas Zoloaga

Zoloaga refused to consent to a blood draw at the hospital.  A warrant was requested and later granted for for a chemical test for intoxication to be performed.   

In May of this year, this same individual was arrested after being involved in a vehicle pursuit with the Indiana State Police in Lake County.