WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - One West Lafayette man is in custody after a police pursuit involving numerous area law enforcement agencies. According to investigators, the pursuit started when West Lafayette officers were working a crash at Northwestern Avenue and Cherry Street near Purdue's campus shortly before 9 p.m. on Thursday.
Investigators said as officers worked to close off the street to traffic and sweep glass off the road, Joseph Radzikowski, 43, drove by the crash scene. Police said Radzikowski disregarded the directions of the officers, failed to yield, and almost hit two of the officers.
From there, police followed Radzikowski on Northwestern Avenue to Lindberg Road. Police attempted a traffic stop, but Radzikowski kept traveling through West Lafayette. Radzikowski took the Union Street bridge into Lafayette. From there, police said he went to the south side of town before returning to West Lafayette on U.S. 231. Radzikowski took State Road 43 to the interstate, where the pursuit was terminated after officers determined it was too dangerous.
White County Sheriff's deputies watched Radzikowski exit off the interstate onto State Road 18 around 9:45 p.m. and resumed the pursuit, eventually following him south on State Road 43. As he crossed the county line, Tippecanoe County Sheriff's deputies picked up the pursuit. Stop sticks were deployed near Soldiers Home Road, deflating Radzikowski's tires. Police said Radzikowski went about three more miles down the road before coming to a stop.
About 10 p.m., Radzikowski got out of the car and was taken into custody.
No one was injured.
Radzikowski faces preliminary charges of criminal recklessness with a vehicle and resisting law enforcement. His bond has been set at $5,000.
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