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Porter PD: Local charged after high speed pursuit through town

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A Chesterton resident was arrested Friday on charges of reckless driving and resisting law enforcement following a high-speed pursuit which began on Old Porter Road in Burns Harbor and ended on South 14th Street in Chesterton, Porter Police said.

According to police, at 8:19 p.m. an officer on patrol observed a motorcyclist--subsequently identified as Daniel M. Kritzer Jr., 31, of 601 W. Porter Ave. and operating a 2005 Yamaha--pop a wheelie while eastbound on Old Porter Road, just east of Ind. 149.

“I immediately tried to catch up with the motorcycle and found (it) to be traveling in excess of 90 (miles per hour) in a posted 30-mph zone,” the officer stated in his report. “During my attempt to catch up to the bike, I checked my certified speedometer several times. Speeds initially ranged from 84-96 mph, at which point I noticed the motorcycle pulling away from me.”

At the intersection of South Babcock Road, Kritzer disregarded the stop sign and continued eastbound on Old Porter Road, prompting the officer to activate his emergency lights and siren, police said. Kritzer also disregarded the stop sign at the intersection of Mineral Springs Road, where he turned right and, while approaching Carlson Corners, “went into a driveway and spun around,” police said.

“At that time, I was face to face with the rider,” the officer stated. “I observed the driver to be wearing blue jeans, a black helmet, and a black and gray Icon motorcycle jacket. I exited my patrol car and yelled for him to stop. The bike then accelerated past my driver’s side door, nearly striking it.”

Kritzer next turned onto eastbound Marquette Road, disregarded the stop sign at 23rd Street, turned right, disregarded the stop sign at West Porter Ave., turned left, and continued eastbound, police said. “Speeds on Porter Ave. were in excess of 80 mph,” police said.

At South 15th Street, Kritzer disregarded the stop sign, turned right, and proceeded southbound, disregarding the stop sign at Portage Ave. and then the one at Washington Ave., where he turned left, police said. At 14th Street he turned left again, then “began to lose control,” crashing in front of a residence in the 1000 block of South 14th Street, police said.

Kritzer was transported to the Franciscan Alliance ER department on Indian Boundary Road for treatment of road rash to his knees and fingers, police said.

A GoPro camera attached to Kritzer’s helmet was taken into evidence and a “search warrant will be obtained to view any relative footage of the pursuit and violations,” police said.

Kritzer advised that “the reason he ran from police was to avoid going to jail for not having a motorcycle endorsement,” the officer stated. “I advised him that was simply a citation and not an arrestable offense.”

Kritzer--who was issued a citation for speeding, disregarding a stop sign, and operating a motorcycle without an endorsement--was transported to Porter County Jail.







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