A government grant that allows for more patrols on the city's roads paid off Friday when South Bend police arrested a man who sped off during a traffic stop.
Around 2:20 Friday afternoon, South Bend officer and Common Council President Derek Dieter was working traffic enforcement when he saw a Chevy Monte Carlo blow a stop sign at Walnut and LaPorte.
He pulled the car over a few blocks away, but as dieter approached the vehicle they took off.
The driver led police on a three to four minute pursuit, winding through the city's near northwest side and reaching speeds of up to 45 miles per hour.
The chase ended when the car crashed into a road sign near the corner of West Marian and Portage.
The two people inside ran away on foot, but officers quickly caught up with the driver and arrested him on a charge of resisting and for three outstanding warrants.
About a dozen police cars, including a canine unit, set up a perimeter as they searched for the passenger but came up empty handed.