Last night, the
Burns Harbor Police Department apprehended a subject who escaped from the
custody of Portage Police on Monday.
Portage police, Michael Maldonado, 25, of 320 3rd Street in Portage, was
arrested Monday on charges of resisting law enforcement, possession of a
hypodermic needle, and possession of paraphernalia following a traffic stop
in Portage. Police said he later escaped during transport to Porter County
BH police reported
that they received a report of a possible sighting of Maldonado as a
passenger in a blue Jeep Cherokee around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. At 7:31 p.m.
Corporal Timothy Lucas of the BHPD reported he was at the intersection of
Ind. 149 and Old Porter Road when he observed the vehicle, after which he
notified Porter County dispatch and initiated a traffic stop in the area of
Old Porter Road and South Babcock Road.
Lucas said when the
vehicle stopped, Maldonado jumped out the passenger side door and fled on
foot. Lucas said he pursued him to no avail but advised other nearby
officers of his appearance and direction of travel. Lucas identified the
driver of the vehicle as Curtis Lyda, 26, of 225 W 3rd Street in Hobart. A
subsequent search of the vehicle returned cocaine and drug paraphernalia,
according to police.
apprehended without incident by Officer Austin Haynes and Assistant Police
Chief Jeremy McHargue of the BHPD north of South Babcock Road along the
south fence line with I-94, police said.
BH Chief of Police
Michael Heckman said, “They made me proud last night.”
BHPD was assisted
by officers from the Chesterton, Porter, Ogden Dunes, and Portage Police
Departments as well as the Porter County Sheriff’s Police and Indiana State
reported that a charge of escape, a level 5 felony, will be added to the
charges Maldonado was originally booked on. Porter County Sheriff’s Police
said Lyda was arrested on charges of possession.
Lyda and Maldonado
were transported to Porter County Jail.