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Curtis Edward Lyda

Curtis Edward Lyda

PORTER — A 26-year-old Hobart man was arrested here Thursday night after leading police on a car chase through the center of town, crashing his car on a set of railroad tracks and then attempting to flee on foot.

Curtis Edward Lyda is facing three counts of resisting law enforcement and single counts each of reckless driving, driving while suspended and leaving the scene of an accident. He was also wanted on a previous warrant.

The incident started about 8:45 p.m. Thursday when an officer spotted Lyda allegedly driving at a high rate of speed on Wagner Road near Franklin Street. The officer attempted to stop him for the speeding infraction, but Lyda allegedly sped up, continued to drive at a high rate of speed on a number of town streets and disregarded stop signs.

He eventually turned on a railroad access road and crashed, rolling over numerous times, according to police.

Lyda then allegedly exited the car and began running along the tracks, turning into the woods along the river. About a quarter-mile from the crash scene, he surrendered.

A 19-year-old Chesterton woman, who was a passenger in the car, allegedly told police the two had been arguing prior to the pursuit.

Lyda allegedly told police he fled because of the active warrant. He told them he crashed after hitting the brakes and losing control of the car.

Both Lyda and the woman were transported to area hospitals for treatment. Lyda was later transported to Porter County Jail.

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Porter County Reporter

Joyce has been a reporter for nearly 40 years, including 23 years with The Times. She's a native of Merrillville, but has lived in Portage for 39 years. She covers municipal and school government in Porter County.