Police: Motorcyclist who struck officer charged

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According to Kendallville Police, an officer was hit and injured Friday evening by a motorcycle during a police chase.

At about 5:05 p.m., police were attempting to make a traffic stop on a reckless motorcycle going east on U.S. 6 toward Kendallville. An officer attempted to initiate the stop, but the motorcycle fled west on U.S. 6 and later disregarded a second stop attempt by another officer.

The motorcyclist then turned onto side streets near Parkview Noble Hospital and entered the main parking lot. Patrolman Blake Kugler blocked an entrance to the lot with his cruiser and then got out of the vehicle. The motorcyclist sped towards Kugler and hit him.

The motorcycle sped out of the lot and the pursuit continued until it finally crashed near S.R. 9 and Baseline Road. The motorcyclist was identified as 52-year-old Kevin J. Turner of Huntertown.

Turner was jailed on a charge of Aggravated Battery. He’s being held on a $100,000 bond, and additional charges are pending, police said Tuesday.

Kugler was taken to Parkview Noble Hospital and then transferred to Parkview Regional Medical Center for treatment for a leg injury, police said. He has since been released.

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