South Bend man arrested after chase through La Porte



A South Bend man was arrested Dec. 26 after leading county officers on a chase down several La Porte streets.

At 10:45 a.m., Sgt. Andrew Hahn was monitoring traffic in the 3500 east block of Ind. 2 when he saw a red pickup truck traveling west. A man and a woman were inside and the man seemed to be trying to conceal his identity. Hahn checked the plate and found it was registered to a female wanted by police.
Hahn tried to stop the truck on Ind. 2 near CR-150 E, but the male driver did not stop right away. He continued along Ind. 2 and slowly came to a stop at Whitehead Road. Hahn approached the truck on foot and gave the driver and passenger several commands. While doing so, the driver suddenly sped off.

The truck with a deflated back tire.

Hahn pursued the truck on several streets. Near the intersection of Factory and Boston streets, the truck stopped and the female got out and was immediately detained by Deputy Bobby Greer. The truck sped off again. On Bach Street near Pulaski Street the truck abruptly stopped, causing Hahn to swerve. He then recognized the driver as Travis E. Hatchel, 35, of South Bend.

Hatchel sped off again and the pursuit eventually traveled onto Pine Lake Avenue. As the truck continued to south of Waverly Road, La Porte City Police were able to successfully deploy a set of tire deflation devices, flattening the right front and left rear tires of the truck. But Hatchel kept driving.
While traveling north on Rumely Street just north of Division Street, the truck abruptly stopped and Hatchel fled on foot. Seconds later near the intersection of Division and Henry streets, Deputies Austin Epple and Josh Smith took Hatchel into custody.
Hatchel was transported to Northwest Health – La Porte and after being medically cleared for incarceration, was transported to the La Porte County Jail and charged with the following:
* Resisting Law Enforcement, L6 Felony
* Possession of Methamphetamine, L6 Felony
* Resisting Law Enforcement, A-Misdemeanor
* Driving While Suspended, A-Misdemeanor
* Reckless Driving, C-Misdemeanor
Hatchel was being held without bond. The female was not the wanted person who owned the truck and was not charged.

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