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Police Snatch Fleeing Drug User

(Michigan City, IN) - Things have become worse for a suspected Michigan City drug user now charged with leading police on a vehicle pursuit.  Keith Patz, 37, was arrested early Tuesday.


According to court documents, Patz had just purchased some drugs before an officer witnessed him run a stop sign in the area of 10th and Spring Streets on the north side of Michigan City.


During the short pursuit which led Police down several side streets, the back doors on his yellow 2005 Chevy pick-up truck partially opened, allowing various items from the vehicle to fall into the roadway, police said.  One of the items was a metal bracket that punctured a tire on the officer’s vehicle.


Patz turned down an alley then fled from the vehicle on foot and entered his the home of his mother.   Officers soon went to the residence escorted Patz outside in handcuffs according to the court records.


Police were reviewing the items that fell out of the truck when they came across a plastic bag containing 28 grams of methamphetamine.  A passenger in the vehicle told investigators he tossed the bag out of the truck at the request of Patz, who indicated he also uses heroin and fentanyl, court documents revealed.


Patz was being held without bond on charges of possession of methamphetamine, two counts of resisting law enforcement and driving on a suspended license.

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