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Westville motorcyclist crashes in LaPorte County after pursuit

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A Westville motorcyclist was seriously injured early this morning after he crashed while leading the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Police on a pursuit, the Indiana State Police said.

The motorcyclist was identified as William Knies, 39.

According to the ISP, at 1:19 a.m. the LCSP was advised of a possible motorcycle crash in the area of U.S. Highway 421 and C.R. 250S in Westville. Responding officers were unable to find any crash but did hear a motorcycle as it approached their position. The officer subsequently clocked the motorcycle at an “excessive speed” on U.S. 421, higher than the posted limit of 55 miles per hour, police said.

An officer tried to execute a traffic stop on the motorcyclist, Knies, but he refused to pull over and instead headed into a neighborhood off East Jefferson Street in Westville before exiting back onto northbound U.S. 421, police said.

As Knies approached the area of U.S. 421 and Valentine Court in Michigan City, he lost control of his Harley Davidson when it hit a curb, police said. He was ejected and landed in the roadway, sustaining life-threatening injuries, police said.

Knies was not wearing a helmet.

He was transported to a Michigan City Hospital and then later to Memorial Hospital in South Bend.

The ISP said that alcohol and drugs may have played a role in the incident.


Posted 10/24/2013