A Portage man was
arrested early this morning on multiple charges, including disarming a law
enforcement officer, following a foot pursuit in Portage Township, the
Porter County Sheriff’s Police said.
police, at 1 a.m. an officer on patrol observed the driver of a vehicle
westbound on U.S. Highway 6 make an improper turn onto northbound McCool
Road, then abruptly enter the GoLo gas station. The driver then exited the
vehicle and walked quickly into the business while his female passenger got
out as well and “sprint(ed) around to the driver’s seat,” police said.
subsequently made contact with the man, identified as Jonathan Stone, 28,
who denied being the driver and who gave the officer his brother’s name and
date of birth, police said. On learning Stone’s true name, the officer
determined his status to be habitual traffic offender, at which time he
informed Stone that he was under arrest, police said.
Stone then fled on
foot in the direction of Pepe’s restaurant, with officers in pursuit. An
ineffective attempt was made to Taze Stone as he ran, and on catching up to
him and bringing him to the ground officers struggled with Stone as he
“continued to resist,” police said.
One of the officers
then felt Stone “reach back with his right hand and grab his gun on his duty
belt,” police said. At that point the other officer did successfully Taze
him, while the first officer “retained his weapon in the holster,” police
Stone was medically
cleared at Porter Regional Hospital, then transported to Porter County Jail
on charges of disarming a law enforcement officer, operating while being an
habitual traffic offender, identity deception, and resisting law