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Porter Police: Motorcyclist flees traffic stop

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A LaPorte motorcyclist is facing a possible charge of resisting law enforcement after Porter Police said that he fled a traffic stop on Waverly Road on Monday, crashed his bike, then ran on foot.

According to police, at 1:06 p.m. an officer on patrol attempted to stop two motorcyclists who’d just turned north onto Waverly Road from U.S. Highway 20, one for no license plate, the other for an unreadable one. One of the motorcyclists stopped but the other accelerated, passed several vehicles in a no-passing zone on Waverly Road, then disregarded the stop sign at U.S. Highway 12, before turning right onto eastbound U.S. 12, police said.

The motorcyclist quickly lost control of his bike, however, running off the north side of U.S. 12 near Ind. 49, and then fleeing on foot into a wooded area, followed by the officer, police said. He was subsequently taken into custody without incident near the South Shore commuter line right-of-way.

EMS personnel examining the man for crash-related injuries later transported him to the Franciscan Alliance ER department on Indian Boundary Road, where it was determined that he’d sustained a bruised lung and needed to be admitted to hospital, police said.

The PPD is asking the Porter County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office to charge the man with resisting law enforcement, two counts.

In addition to the several traffic violations observed by the officer, the man’s status was listed as suspended-infraction and he had no motorcycle endorsement, insurance, or registration, police said.



Posted 10/3/2017




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