A Hobart resident
was arrested Thursday on multiple charges following a high-speed pursuit in
Downtown Porter, Porter Police said.
Curtis Edward Lyda,
26, was charged with resisting law enforcement, two counts; reckless
driving; driving while suspended-prior; and leaving the scene of an
accident, police said.
police, at 8:43 p.m. an officer on patrol clocked a passenger vehicle
northbound on Wagner Road at 35 miles per hour in a zone posted at 20 mph.
The officer followed the motorist--later identified as Lyda--as he entered
the Downtown, “driving at a high rate of speed and turning at every
intersection,” prompting the officer to attempt a traffic stop in the area
of Pleasant Street and Franklin Street.
Lyda did not stop,
however, but “disregarded three stop signs while passing a vehicle in a
no-passing zone” as he proceeded south on Francis Street and then east on
Woodlawn Ave., where he then “accelerated at dangerously high speeds and
disregarded the stop sign at Woodlawn Ave. and Waverly Road,” police said.
At Waverly Road
Lyda turned left and proceeded northbound until turning right at the Amtrack
grade-crossing onto a railroad access road, the officer still following. “As
we approached the bridge over the Little Calumet River I observed the
vehicle crash into the railroad tracks, rolling numerous times, with debris
flying everywhere,” the officer stated in his report.
Lyda then fled on
foot and into the woods, where he finally surrendered approximately a
quarter of a mile from the scene of the accident, police said.
issued a citation for speeding--was transported to Porter Regional Hospital
for injuries sustained in the crash, then transported to Porter County Jail.