A Chesterton resident is facing possible charges of resisting law
enforcement and reckless driving after Chesterton Police said that he fled
an officer on his motorcycle at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour on
According to police, at 11:27 p.m. an officer on patrol observed a man on a
motorcycle exit the Hooligan’s parking lot on Plaza Drive at a high rate of
speed, then fail to signal his right turn onto southbound Ind. 49. The
officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop but the motorcyclist
“accelerated rapidly in a reckless manner” near East Porter Ave.,
disregarding the officer’s activated lights and siren, police said.
Further south, around 1100N, the officer lost sight of the motorcyclist--who
by this point was traveling at approximately 120 miles per hour--and other
officers responding to the pursuit were unable to locate him after he
entered the Indiana Toll Road, police said.
But officers did subsequently find a motorcycle, still “hot to the touch,”
parked upright at the crossover at mile marker 26.3, police said.
Further investigation at Hooligan’s produced the name of a suspect, a BMV
photo of whom strongly resembled the motorcyclist observed by the officer on
patrol, police said, an identification later confirmed by video surveillance
footage provided by the bar.
That officer later made contact with the suspect, who admitted being at
Hooligan’s but proved reluctant to say directly that he had been operating
the motorcycle in question.
The man “wanted to know how I would write my narrative and if I could
request misdemeanor charges instead of felony resisting law enforcement
charges,” the officer stated in his report. The man “made mention that he
has been a criminal in the past and is very reluctant to say anything that
would threaten his freedom. He also attempted to bargain with me, telling me
that he would tell me what I wanted to hear if I could write my case report
in a way that would benefit him.”
Then, in a second interview, the man admitted that he had been operating the
motorcycle, had wanted to test it’s capabilities, had gotten it up to around
70 mph, and then decided “to ‘blaze up’ and took off at a ‘ridiculous
speed,’” the officer stated in his report. The man also admitted to hearing
the officer’s siren and seeing other officers’ squads with their emergency
lights activated, prompting him to flee on the Toll Road because he “did not
want to go to jail for something stupid,” the officer stated.
The CPD has forward the report to the Porter County Prosecuting Attorney’s
Office for review.