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,
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.