Lake Station man runs from police, hides in closet while family sleeps

2014-02-10T13:21:00Z 2014-02-11T00:21:06Z Lake Station man runs from police, hides in closet while family sleepsJoyce Russell, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2222

PORTAGE | A Lake Station man is facing multiple charges after he ran from officers Monday morning and entered a home while that family was sleeping, police said.

Kyle Cicillian, 27, was charged with residential entry, three counts of operating while intoxicated, resisting law enforcement and leaving the scene of a crash.

Police received a report around 3 a.m. Monday of a hit-and-run crash on Bruce Avenue involving a pickup truck with a snow plow attached. As police were investigating, they received another report of a similar vehicle being crashed in a snow bank in the 5100 block of Marquette Road and the driver of the truck running from the vehicle.

When police arrived, they began chasing Cicillian through the neighborhood until an officer heard the back door of a home open and shut.

Officers went to the home and woke the family, which included a man, woman and four children. They told police they had heard no one come in or out of the home, but wet footprints were found just inside the rear door.

They allowed police to enter and search the home. They found Cicillian in a bedroom closet, dressed only in his underwear and socks.

According to police, Cicillian said he had a few drinks at a bar in Portage and believed he was at a home in a Lake Station neighborhood. Cicillian registered .18 blood alcohol concentration. In Indiana, .08 is considered legally drunk.

The truck Cicillian was driving and crashed belonged to the Indiana Department of Transportation. An INDOT supervisor was called and retrieved the vehicle.

INDOT spokesman Will Wingfield confirmed that Cicillian is a mechanic shop forman with the state agency.

"The safety all Hoosiers, including our more than 3,300 employees, is one of our top concerns. We are disappointed and saddened by the allegations made against one of our employees. That employee has been suspended without pay pending the outcome of an internal investigation. We will take appropriate action at the conclusion of that investigation," Wingfield said.

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