A Chesterton resident was taken into custody on Saturday after the Lake
County Sheriff’s Police said that he tried to run down officers in his
vehicle during a pursuit.
Jeffery Demmond, 51, was arrested on charges of attempted battery by means
of a deadly weapon, a Class C felony punishable by a term of two to eight
years; and resisting law enforcement, a Class D felony, punishable by a term
of six months to three years.
According to police, at 9 p.m. an officer patrolling in Miller tried to stop
Demmond in the area of 10th Ave. and Green Place for no license plate light.
Demmond fled, however, and a pursuit ensued, in which multiple officers
became involved, police said.
Eventually three officers discharged their duty weapons at the tires of
Demmond’s Chevrolet Malibu and managing to flatten its tires, police said.
But Demmond continued to flee, putting his Chevrolet in reverse and driving
“through lawns and backyards to escape,” police said.
Demmond “narrowly missed officers who had to jump from the path of the
vehicle as (Demmond) accelerated in an intentional manner to strike
officers,” police said.
Then, in the area of 14th Ave. and Idaho Street, Demmond crashed into a tree
and fled his vehicle on foot, until a K-9 unit, Blade, succeeded in
apprehending him, police said.
“Demmond has a lengthy criminal history including drug offenses as well as
fleeing the police,” police said.
Demmond was also issued a citation of no license plate light.