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