A Morgan Township resident was arrested Sunday on multiple charges after
Chesterton Police said that she battered several officers after being taken
into custody on a charge of operating while intoxicated.
Jordan Elizabeth Jones, 22, of 98S 700E, was charged with OWI, battery,
battery by bodily waste, battery to law enforcement, resisting law
enforcement, criminal mischief, and disorderly conduct, police said.
According to police, at 4:14 a.m. officers were dispatched to the Norfolk
Southern grade-crossing on Calumet Road, just north of Broadway, after Jones
left the roadway, turned east onto the tracks, and got her vehicle stuck. In
fact, police said, a passing train apparently clipped the rear passenger’s
quarter panel, although Jones herself was not injured.
Jones showed signs of intoxication, failed several field sobriety test, and
subsequently registered a blood alcohol content of .226 percent on a blood
test administered at the Franciscan Alliance ER department on Indian
Boundary Road, police said. Motorists in Indiana are considered legally
intoxicated when they score a B.A.C. of .08 percent or higher.
Informed that she was being taken into custody on a charge of OWI, Jones
begin resisting officers and yelling “Let me go,” police said. When told
that she would be charged with resisting and disorderly conduct if she
didn’t cease, Jones “yelled very loud ‘I don’t (expletive) care,” police
Several officers were needed to place Jones in the squad car, in the process
of which she kicked one of them in the jaw, forcing the officer’s head back
and into the squad car’s door frame, police said.
Then, while en route to Porter County Jail, Jones “bashed her head into the
cages several times and knocked herself out,” prompting the transporting
officer to take her instead to Porter Regional Hospital, police said.
Once in the ER, officers removed Jones’ restraints, at which point she
kicked a nurse “in the crotch area and stomach,” police said. She also spit
blood and saliva onto another officer’s eyes and mouth and managed to bite
through the officer’s safety glove, “breaking the skin and exposing the
wound to her saliva and blood,” police said.
That officer—as well as a paramedic on whom Jones reportedly
spitted—received blood borne pathogens treatment, police said.
Jones required six stitches to the forehead, was medically cleared, and
transported to Porter County Jail.