No one was sniping
at anybody on U.S. Highway 20 early on Tuesday morning.
No truck was hit by
No trucker narrowly
trucker fabricated the whole story, Portage Police are saying.
Late on Tuesday,
the PPD announced that the “alleged victim in the case,” a 26-year-old
Portage resident, “admitted that his semi was not shot at in the City of
Portage as he stated to officers at the time of his report.”
In fact, police
said, the trucker admitted lying “to cover up an illegal drug deal he was
involved with that went bad while in Gary.”
The PPD has
forwarded a full report to the Porter County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office
for a review of possible charges against the trucker.
Chesterton Tribune reported in Tuesday’s edition, the trucker claimed to
have been shot at as he was westbound on U.S. 20 from Burns Harbor, from the
north side of the road one-eighth mile west of Clem Road.
Two spent bullets
were recovered from the cab of the rig, there were two bullet holes found in
the sleeper, and the passenger’s side window was broken.
No shots were
heard, however, from a guard in the guard shack at the Yogi Bear Campground
at 5300 U.S. 20 and investigators were unable to find any broken glass from
the shattered cab window on the stretch of U.S. 20 where the trucker said
he’d been shot at.
“We want our
residents to know that when something of this magnitude is reported our
officers and detectives work to get to the truth of what occurred, because
something such as this is not a common occurrence here,” Police Chief Troy