A Liberty Township
resident was arrested Saturday on a charge of resisting law enforcement
after Porter Police said that he disregarded four stop signs in an attempt
to evade a traffic stop.
police, at 8:42 p.m. an officer observed a motorist later identified as
Jason L. Wheat, 41, of 139 Burr Oak Drive, disregard the stop sign at the
intersection of Old Porter Road and South Mineral Springs Road. The officer,
activating the emergency lights on his fully marked squad car, followed, as
Wheat proceeded to disregard stop signs at the intersections of Johnson
Street and Marquette Road, Marquette Road and 23rd Street, and 23rd Street
and West Porter Ave., police said.
stopped in the area of South 19th Street and Annabelle Court, exited his
vehicle, “looked in (the officer’s) direction, then fled on foot, ignoring
the officer’s instructions to stop, police said. The officer quickly caught
up to Wheat, assisted him to the ground, and handcuffed him, police said. In
the process, however, the officer struck his knee on the ground, an injury
which subsequently caused the knee to swell and the officer to experience “a
fair amount of pain and discomfort,” police said.
Wheat was charged
with three separate counts of resisting law enforcement, two of them felony
counts, police said. He was also charged with possession of a hypodermic and
possession of paraphernalia after a capped syringe and a “metal spoon
wrapped in paper” were found on his person, police said.
issued four citations for disregarding stop signs--was transported to Porter