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Man hit with stun gun, arrested after refusing to leave The Courts

Updated: March 23, 2014 6:05AM



VALPARAISO — A Valparaiso man faces four felony charges, including battery to law enforcement and resisting law enforcement, after he tried to run from Porter County Sheriff’s Department deputies Tuesday at The Courts.

Chase Caldwell, 22, also did not respond to being hit with a stun gun three times when he would not respond to police.

According to the police report, deputies were called about 3:55 p.m. Tuesday to The Courts, 127 E. U.S. 6, because Caldwell did not pay an entry fee, refused to leave, and was running up and down a basketball court talking to himself.

Police told Caldwell he would have to pay the fee or leave, and he decided to get his belongings and go. Police asked Caldwell for his identification once outside, and he bumped one of the officers in the shoulder.

When police tried to get him in handcuffs, he became aggressive, then slid out of his jacket and ran away, ignoring police commands to surrender. He eventually ran back to the parking lot, where he continued to resist officers.

When he didn’t respond to being hit with the stun gun, four deputies were able to physically restrain him. Caldwell allegedly injured one of the officers in the incident.

Caldwell was transported by ambulance to Porter Regional Hospital for a 24-hour detention.



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