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OGDEN DUNES — A Fort Wayne man was arrested on several charges early Tuesday morning after leading police on a high-speed chase.

Ogden Dunes Patrolman Tim Beach spotted a car driven by Mario Burke, 49, driving the wrong way after 4 a.m. on Hillcrest Road near Town Hall. Burke continued to drive onto eastbound U.S. 12, where Beach made a traffic stop.

Burke was wanted on a warrant for resisting law enforcement from Allen County and was driving on a suspended license. As Beach awaited back up, Burke allegedly got out of his car and wanted the officer to talk to someone on his cellphone. Burke returned to his car but when back-up Burns Harbor police Officer Mike Chandler arrived, he refused to get out of the car.

Burke then allegedly put the car into drive and headed east on U.S. 12, clocked in excess of 100 mph. The chase continued on U.S. 12 past Ind. 149, where he turned around and headed west on U.S. 12. When he approached Ind. 249, he turned south, with officers in pursuit.

Portage police set up stop sticks on Ind. 249, which flattened the tires on Burke's vehicle. Burke continued to drive, however, getting onto westbound Interstate 94. According to police, he began to slow when the wheels on the car were sparking.

After stopping, he eventually got out of the car and was placed under arrest.

Burke was charged with driving the wrong way on a one-way street, driving while suspended, reckless driving, fleeing, unsafe lane movement, disorderly conduct, battery to law enforcement and resisting arrest. He was transported to Porter County Jail.

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Joyce has been a staff writer for The Times for more than 20 years. She is the municipal and education reporter for Porter County. She is an amateur genealogist and writes a blog, Remember your Roots, appearing online each Thursday.