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PCSP: Portage man attempts to disarm law enforcement officer

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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.

According to 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.

The officer 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 said.

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 enforcement.



Posted 7/17/2018




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