resident was arrested on multiple charges last week after Chesterton Police
said that he led officers on a high-speed pursuit within town limits, in the
course of which an officer on foot was struck by the man’s vehicle and
Jarett Andrew Awald
Pearce, 21, of 303 Lincoln Ave., was charged with resisting law enforcement,
leaving the scene of an accident, and operating while intoxicated, police
The incident began
at 2:13 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, when officers responded to Danny O’s at
1050 S. Calumet Road, following reports of a physical disturbance between
two men. The first officer at the scene, police said, made contact with
Pearce, ordering him to stop. Pearce, however, “ignored (the officer’s)
verbal commands,” got into a Ford Crown Victoria, and--in the process of
fleeing the scene--struck the officer a glancing blow to the knees and lower
legs, police said.
Police Chief Dave
Cincoski told the Chesterton Tribune today that the officer was
treated at the Franciscan Alliance ER on Indian Boundary Road, released, and
then returned to duty.
In the meantime,
two other officers promptly located Pearce, following him as he headed
northbound on South Calumet Road, then took a right onto eastbound East
Porter Ave., where in the area of Jeffery Street an officer clocked Pearce
at 71 miles per hour in a zone posted at 30 mph, police said. “The vehicle
was driving down the center of the road with no lights,” police added.
Pearce then “drove
directly through the intersection of Ind. 49 and East Porter Ave. without
slowing for the red light,” nearly colliding with two vehicles southbound on
Ind. 49, police said. Pearce, “still traveling at a high rate of speed” as
he passed the entrance to Sand Creek Country Club, left the roadway in the
approach to the curve just west of 250E, hitting a sign and “losing control
in a field” to the north, police said. At that point officers boxed in
Pearce’s Crown Victoria and Pearce “immediately put up his hands while
sitting in the driver’s seat,” police said.
When officers made
contact with him, “Pearce began to laugh and said he would have gotten away
from us if he hadn’t missed the turn,” police said. Pearce also stated that,
while at Danny O’s, a man “threw a shot of whiskey in his face and then
punched him in the face” and that “he began to hit the other male
Pearce showed signs
of intoxication, failed several field sobriety tests, and subsequently
registered a blood alcohol content of .158 percent on a certified chemical
test, police said.
issued a citation for speeding, disregarding a traffic control device,
driving left of center, and driving without headlights when required--was
transported to Porter County Jail.
succeed in locating the other man involved in the disturbance at Danny O’s
and that man indicated that he wasn’t interested in pursuing charges against
Pearce, police said.