LaPorte man charged with multiple felonies after police pursuit
A LaPorte man in a stolen vehicle reportedly led police in a chase from Valparaiso to Merrillville, where he was captured by a police canine after turning onto a dead-end road.
Police said stolen merchandise and identification belonging to numerous people were found in the vehicle driven by Stephen Blazek, 20.
At about 3:45 a.m. Tuesday, Valparaiso officer Todd Kobitz stopped Blazek, although he allegedly provided false identification, at Hayes Leonard Road and U.S. 30.
As dispatch informed Kobitz the vehicle had been reported stolen, Blazek took off westbound on U.S. 30.
He led police in pursuit down a number of county roads through Union Township before taking Indiana 130 back to Valparaiso, then through town on Campbell back to U.S. 30.
Police said Blazek then took U.S. 30 to Hobart and Merrillville, where he got out of the vehicle at Colorado and Sapphire.
Kobitz’s canine partner, Geist, caught Blazek after a brief foot chase.
The Porter and Lake counties’ sheriff’s departments, Indiana State Police, and Merrillville and Hobart police departments assisted.
Blazek was arrested on four felony charges: possession of a stolen vehicle, identity deception, resisting police in a vehicle and possession of stolen property; and multiple misdemeanors: resisting law enforcement, criminal recklessness, reckless driving and driving without ever receiving a license.