A Portage Township
resident was arrested Saturday on a charge of resisting law enforcement,
three counts, following a pursuit which began in Chesterton and ended in
Michigan City, Porter Police said.
police, at 2:31 a.m. an officer assisting the Chesterton Police Department
at the scene of an activated alarm, in the Speedway gas station at 752
Indian Boundary Road, observed a vehicle westbound on Indian Boundary Road
without a license plate. The officer subsequently executed a traffic stop on
the vehicle and made contact with the driver, identified as Michael Ray
Vysinka, 45, of 32 San Fernando Drive, who questioned “the legality of the
traffic stop, saying he didn’t understand why he was pulled over.”
Then, while the
Porter PD officer was conferring with a CPD officer, Vysinka fled the scene,
making his way from Indian Boundary Road to Ind. 49 to eastbound I-94,
police said. The Porter PD officer followed as Vysinka reached a top speed
of 100 miles per hour on I-94, before exiting onto southbound U.S. Highway
421 in Michigan City, continuing eastbound on C.R. 300N, northbound on C.R.
850W, and then westbound on C.R. 400N, where a Michigan City Police officer
succeeded in deflating Vysinka’s left right front tire with a stop-stick,
still managed to continue westbound on C.R. 400N--disregarding a red light
at Cleveland Ave. and “nearly striking another vehicle”--until striking an
eight-inch cement curb in the parking lot of the Walmart, police said. At
that point Vysinka exited his vehicle and fled on foot until officers
apprehended him near a tree line, police said.
advised officers that he fled “for having an warrant”--complained of back
pain, was medically cleared at Franciscan Health Michigan City, then
transported to Porter County Jail.