LaPORTE — John Mikle was still at-large Wednesday, a day after LaPorte Circuit Court Judge Tom Alevizos approved an arrest warrant for the 35-year-old. Mikle is charged with reckless homicide and driving while intoxicated, causing death as well as two counts of driving while intoxicated causing serious injury and a misdemeanor count of driving while intoxicated.
After causing a head-on crash July 19 that killed a Valparaiso woman and seriously hurt two young sisters, Mikle was found to have extremely high PCP levels in his blood.
Killed in the early-morning crash on Joliet Road near Westville was 26-year-old Katherine Atkins. Injured were Neilah Maule, 7, and her 5-year-old sister, Jaidyn Maule. As of Wednesday, Neilah was still hospitalized, but showing improvement from a severe head injury, according to court testimony. Jaidyn is home, recovering from a severely fractured leg.
Mikle was also hurt in the crash, but checked himself out of the hospital against the advice of doctors, said La Porte County Deputy Prosecutor Chris Fronk.