resident led an officer on a high-speed pursuit from the Wheeler area into
South Haven on Sunday, before being Tased in a cornfield, the Porter County
Sheriff’s Police said.
Scott M. Neiswinger,
25, of 112 Westchester Ave., was charged with resisting law enforcement,
reckless driving, driving while suspended-prior, and possession of
paraphernalia, police said.
police, at 4:30 p.m. an officer on traffic patrol on Ind. 130 clocked
Neiswinger at 54 miles per hour in a zone posted at 35. The officer
attempted to perform a traffic stop, activating his siren and emergency
lights, but Neiswinger instead accelerated, driving into Wheeler, then back
out onto Ind. 130, where he reached a speed of “approximately 95 mph” while
passing vehicles on the left in the oncoming lane of traffic, police said.
continued to follow Neiswinger northbound on C.R. 450W, eastbound on C.R.
500N, northbound on McCool Road, eastbound on Sandalwood Drive, northbound
on Raven Road--where Neiswinger was “traveling a high
rates of speed through a residential area, nearly striking several small
children riding their bicycles”--westbound
on C.R. 500N, and then northbound again on McCool Road, until it dead-ended,
police said. At that point Neiswinger exited his vehicle and on foot made
for a cornfield, where two other officers converged on him, police said.
refused to stop, he was Tased and handcuffed, police said.
responding officer recovered a black glass smoking device which he observed
Neiswinger throw during his run through the cornfield, police said. That
officer was later treated for an injury to the knee sustained during the
foot chase, police added.
transported to Porter County Jail.