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Charges in Hot Tempered Driver Chase

(Michigan City, IN) - The squealing of tires and then a police chase have resulted in multiple felony charges against a Michigan City man.


Michael Zawacki, 30, is charged with resisting law enforcement, operating while intoxicated and other counts.


According to court documents, Michigan City Police officers on September 13 were called to a possible domestic dispute in the area of Oakwood Avenue and Elmer Street.


Upon arrival, officers heard what sounded like arguing and then spotted a vehicle with tires squealing headed in their direction. A man and woman were inside the vehicle as it drove by the officers, who yelled for the driver to slow down.


In response, the driver allegedly stomped on the gas pedal again. The officers ran back to their police vehicles and chased after the suspect, who refused to pull over and shut off the headlights at times to try and evade the pursuing officers, police said.


After veering down numerous streets, the fleeing vehicle pulled into a parking lot and stopped on Franklin St. just north of U.S. 20, court documents revealed. 


Police said Zawacki, with alcohol on his breath, fled on foot unsteady but was captured when hit with a probe fired from a taser gun. He also refused a blood alcohol test.


The female passenger explained she kept telling Zawacki during the pursuit to stop, and she wanted out of the vehicle, but he refused to comply with her requests, according to court documents.

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