A man identified by
the Indiana State Police as LaPorte County Commissioner David Decker has
been charged with leaving the scene of an accident.
According to ISP,
on Wednesday, Oct. 26, a gray 2011 Ford pickup truck was observed entering
the parking lot at 555 Indiana Ave. in LaPorte, located east of the LaPorte
County Government Center. That truck was seen to make a right turn, in the
execution of which it sideswiped the bumper of an unoccupied vehicle parked
in the lot, ISP said. The driver of the truck then left the scene, failing
to provide as required under Indiana Code his operator’s name, address,
registration, and other information, ISP said.
investigation identified Decker, a resident of Union Mills, as the suspect,
ISP said. Following a review, the LaPorte County Prosecuting Attorney’s
Office issued a warrant for Decker’s arrest on a charge of leaving the scene
of a property-damage crash, a Class B misdemeanor punishable by a term of up
to 180 days in jail.
“Decker has turned
himself in to the LaPorte County Jail, where he has been processed and
released,” ISP said.
Decker, a Democrat,
is currently running for re-election to his 2nd District seat on the LaPorte
County Board of Commissioners against Republican challenger Richard
Mrozinski. Decker is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Northern
Indiana Commuter Transportation District.