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High speed pursuit in Porter Downtown

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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.

According to 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.

Lyda--who was issued a citation for speeding--was transported to Porter Regional Hospital for injuries sustained in the crash, then transported to Porter County Jail.

 

 

Posted 11/9/2018

 
 
 
 

 

 

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