PORTAGE | A South Haven man led Portage police on a car and foot chase through the central part of the city early Wednesday morning before being arrested.
Daniel Kleckner, 27, of 728 Heritage Road, was charged with two counts of resisting law enforcement, driving while suspended, reckless driving and leaving the scene of a crash.
The chase started just before 1 a.m. Wednesday when a police officer saw Kleckner, who was driving a 2003 white Ford Mustang, run a stop light on Central Avenue. When the police officer turned around and attempted to stop Kleckner, he instead turned onto Charlotte Street and accelerated, according to a police report.
Kleckner continued to travel on Charlotte Street, running over a curb and into a yard in the 2700 block, then turned onto Carmen Street, then back onto Central Avenue, disregarding a stop sign. Kleckner continued to drive at a high speed, running a red light at Hamstrom Road and nearly striking a pickup truck.
Additional officers became involved in the chase as Kleckner turned south onto Airport Road.
Kleckner was driving fast enough, according to the report, that police had a hard time keeping up with him. An officer deployed stop sticks at Airport and Lute roads. Kleckner struck at least one, making his right front tire go flat, but he continued westbound on Lute Road, then turned onto Atlanta Boulevard and then onto Marietta Avenue. He drove up onto the sidewalk and into several yards in the 6300 block of Marietta before turning onto Roswell Drive, where he nearly struck a parked vehicle.
Kleckner finally stopped his car at the road's dead end, exited the Mustang and began running through a yard until his path was blocked by a 6-foot tall chain-link fence.
Kleckner was taken into custody and transported to Porter County Jail. A passenger in the vehicle was released.