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Fugitive Captured in Chase

(LaPorte County) - Saturday evening LaPorte County Sherrif's officers Sergeant Jeff Wright and Deputies Ryan Doperalski and Tyler Oberholtzer arrived at a residence in the 3700 east block of CR 100 South, in rural Pleasant Township.  They went to the residence to attempt to locate Tyler Lukac, 26, who is a wanted person by the LCSO.  Shortly after arrival, a male subject was observed leaving the property on a motorcycle.  Deputies received information the subject was Likac and began to give chase.  Deputies pursued Lukac for a short distance before terminating the pursuit in the area of State Road 4 and Boyd Boulevard. 


Following the pursuit, information was learned that Lukac had checked into a motel on the south side of Michigan City.  Deputy Oberholtzer collaborated with Michigan City Police Department (MCPD) Officers to locate LUKAC.  Officers from MCPD located the motorcycle and LUKAC inside a room of the motel. 


Lukac was arrested and eventually transported to the La Porte County Jail (LCJ).  LUKAC was booked into the LCJ for the following charges:


  • Warrant, Dealing in a Controlled Substance (Revocation) – Class B Felony
  • Warrant, Failure to Return (Failure to Appear) – Level 6 Felony
  • Possession of Methamphetamine – Level 5 Felony

Lukac remains housed in the LCJ and is being held without bond.  Additional charges related to the pursuit and the stolen motorcycle are being sought through the La Porte County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.   


Captain Derek J. Allen stated, “This is an excellent example of personnel from two agencies collectively working together.  Thank you to the Michigan City Police Officers for their assistance in bringing a wanted fugitive to justice.”

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