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North Ridgeville man indicted in attempted attic escape

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    Daniel Klanac

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ELYRIA — A North Ridgeville man was indicted on multiple counts after police found him hiding in an apartment building attic in June.

Daniel Klanac, 38, of North Ridgeville, was indicted Wednesday on one count each of burglary, a fourth-degree felony; vandalism, a fifth-degree felony; obstructing official business, a fifth-degree felony; and inducing panic, a first-degree misdemeanor, by a Lorain County grand jury, according to court documents.

Klanac is scheduled for arraignment at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 8.

On June 20, North Ridgeville police went to an apartment at 39225 Center Ridge Road to serve a warrant for eluding police. After officers entered the apartment, they discovered Klanac had climbed into the attic, police said.

After evacuating other people who were in the apartment, officers followed Klanac through the attic, which connected to other apartments in the building. Officers found Klanac hiding under the insulation in the attic above an apartment a few doors down and detained him.

Police first searched for Klanac after he escaped during a pursuit June 10 on Ridgeview Boulevard and Center Ridge Road. An officer was attempting to pull him over for a warrant for a parole violation. He drove away from the officer, parked at a residence on Rosebelle Avenue and ran, police said.

Police said the car in that incident didn’t belong to Klanac and the owner said Klanac had abused his permission to use his car. After 10 days of searching, officers found Klanac’s address on Center Ridge Road.

Klanac’s charges in that incident include failure to comply with order or signal, a first-degree misdemeanor; unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, a first-degree misdemeanor; reckless operation willful/ wanton disregard, a minor misdemeanor; and driving under suspension, a first-degree misdemeanor. The charges are pending in Elyria Municipal Court, where a 1:30 p.m. Aug. 7 pretrial is scheduled before Judge Gary Bennett.

Contact Bruce Walton at (440) 329-7123 or bwalton@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Facebook @BWalton440 or Twitter @BruceWalton.


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