PORTAGE | A Crown Point man was arrested Sunday afternoon after allegedly stealing a car and then running from police.
Ryan T. Fields, 20, of Crown Point, was charged with auto theft, possession of stolen property, driving while suspended, possession of paraphernalia and two counts of resisting law enforcement.
About 1:30 p.m. Sunday, police were called to the 6400 block of Evergreen Avenue for the report of a stolen pickup truck.
The resident told police he last saw his truck at 3 a.m. Sunday when he returned from work.
Police spotted the 1999 Chevrolet pick-up truck just after the report was made turning onto Central Avenue from Mission Street. The truck then turned onto Airport Road and pulled into a driveway in the 6500 block of O'Hare Avenue.
The driver of the truck exited and began walking south on the east side of the residence. When the officer stopped his police car and ordered the man, later identified as Fields, to stop, Fields began to run through several yards.
The officer ran after him, through a wooded area and a creek bed to an area in the 6600 block of Elizabeth Avenue. Other officers arrived and caught up with Fields, taking him to the ground and placing him in custody.
The officer who ran after Fields received a cut to his head and an injury to his right ankle.
When police searched the pick-up truck, they found items belonging to the victim and his girlfriend that had been taken from another truck owned by the victim parked in the apartment complex parking lot. The pickup truck also sustained damage as if it had been in a collision.
Police said two other vehicles in the apartment complex had been entered over night,with one resident reporting a laptop computer stolen.