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PCSP: Chesterton man charged after high speed pursuit

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A Chesterton resident led an officer on a high-speed pursuit from the Wheeler area into South Haven on Sunday, before being Tased in a cornfield, the Porter County Sheriff’s Police said.

Scott M. Neiswinger, 25, of 112 Westchester Ave., was charged with resisting law enforcement, reckless driving, driving while suspended-prior, and possession of paraphernalia, police said.

According to police, at 4:30 p.m. an officer on traffic patrol on Ind. 130 clocked Neiswinger at 54 miles per hour in a zone posted at 35. The officer attempted to perform a traffic stop, activating his siren and emergency lights, but Neiswinger instead accelerated, driving into Wheeler, then back out onto Ind. 130, where he reached a speed of “approximately 95 mph” while passing vehicles on the left in the oncoming lane of traffic, police said.

The officer continued to follow Neiswinger northbound on C.R. 450W, eastbound on C.R. 500N, northbound on McCool Road, eastbound on Sandalwood Drive, northbound on Raven Road--where Neiswinger was “traveling a high rates of speed through a residential area, nearly striking several small children riding their bicycles”--westbound on C.R. 500N, and then northbound again on McCool Road, until it dead-ended, police said. At that point Neiswinger exited his vehicle and on foot made for a cornfield, where two other officers converged on him, police said.

When Neiswinger refused to stop, he was Tased and handcuffed, police said.

Meanwhile, the responding officer recovered a black glass smoking device which he observed Neiswinger throw during his run through the cornfield, police said. That officer was later treated for an injury to the knee sustained during the foot chase, police added.

Neiswinger was transported to Porter County Jail.


Posted 6/23/2014