William G. Paterson
Lake County Sheriff's Department
Tuesday, January 25, 1994

Age: 44
Served: 18 years
Badge #: 236
Military Service:
Panel 43E, Line 19
Panel L19, Line 3

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Vehicle pursuit
Date/Time of Incident:
Tuesday, January 25, 1994
05:00 am
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
U.S. 30 and Randolph Street
Incident County:
Incident Township:
Weapon Used:
Suspect Info:
Killed in accident
Burial Location:
Calvary Cemetery, Portage

   Sergeant William Paterson was killed in an automobile accident during a high-speed chase of a stolen vehicle from Hamlet.

   As the pursuit proceeded westbound into Lake County from Porter County, his patrol car was broadsided by the suspect's vehicle before it flipped over and caught fire on impact. Sergeant Paterson was transported to Southlake Methodist Hospital in Merrillville where he passed away.

   The 14-year-old male driver, who had walked away from a substance abuse center in Starke County the day before, was also killed. The two juvenile passengers were not injured in the accident.

   Sergeant Paterson was survived by his wife and children. One of his sons currently serves as a commander with the department.