Judge: Gary driveway incident claims don’t add up
by Lori Caldwell email@example.com | 648-3258 February 25, 2013 4:54PM
Updated: February 25, 2013 6:26PM
GARY — Patrolman Shakia Shelton testified Monday that she heard a tangled, sometimes conflicting tale from the woman she found lying on a Black Oak driveway Sept. 2.
“Her accounts did not add up,” Shelton told Gary City Court referee Itsia Rivera during Dolores Easley’s bench trial. “I determined she was false reporting a crime.”
Easley, 50, who was eventually found guilty, continued to offer a confusing account of the incident that she said ended when her boyfriend struck her with a car in her driveway, knocking her down.
Shelton said Easley claimed her boyfriend was backing up at 25 mph when she was hit by the passenger-side mirror. Shelton found her on the gravel drive on the other side of the car, complaining of pain on her left side.
“When she got up, she was limping on her right side,” Shelton testified.
Easley told Lake County deputy prosecutor Joan Kouros she realized the act was not intentional. “So why did you call the police?” Kouros asked.
“Because he was snickering,” Easley replied, prompting several people in the courtroom to chuckle.
Shelton said she went to 2317 Sherman St. a first time when Easley wanted her boyfriend’s brother’s car towed from the driveway. Shelton told her she couldn’t remove the car and Easley became irate.
About 30 minutes later, Shelton was back, Easley was on the ground and her boyfriend was vigorously denying he hit her with the car. She said she fell, then walked around and fell again, which she said explained why she had no loose gravel or signs of injury. Gary Fire Department medics examined her and said she was fine and that her blood pressure was normal, which would not happen if she had been hurt.
“And you took their word for it?” Easley asked Shelton during cross-examination.
“Yes,” Shelton answered as the audience laughed again.
Easley was sentenced to 10 days in jail or a $100 fine plus court costs.