Indiana Car Salesman Kidnapped During Test Drive Gone Wrong

By Anna Gallegos

August 12, 2021

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An Indiana car salesman is in the hospital after what can only be described as a test drive from hell on Wednesday, August 11, afternoon.

The salesman hasn't been named, but authorities said he works at Bosco Family Motors in Hobart, WANE reported.

The man called 911 from the passenger seat of a 2009 Kia Borrego and told dispatch that he was being held against his will during a test drive. The driver was speeding and refused to pull over or let the salesman out of the SUV.

While the salesman was still on the phone, the driver slammed into the back of a semi-truck on westbound Interstate 80/94 by mile marker 10 in Gary.

The SUV caught on fire while the salesman was trapped inside the vehicle. A Good Samaritan pulled the man from the vehicle as Indiana State Police troopers put out the fire.

Meanwhile, the SUV driver was walking away from the crash scene, but troopers caught him before he was able to leave.

The salesman was taken to a nearby hospital with serious injuries while the driver of the semi-truck was uninjured.

The SUV driver was identified as LaDarien D. Gregory of Hammond. Gregory is being held at the Lake County Jail while criminal charges are pending.

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