‘One of the good guys’ faces charges in clash with cops
By Erin Guerra Post-Tribune correspondent May 30, 2014 9:44PM
Updated: July 1, 2014 6:53AM
A Portage man faces a long list of charges after allegedy nearly forcing a Porter County Sheriff’s Department officer off the road early Thursday.
Donald Buikema, 36, was shot three times with a stun gun before finally being subdued at Porter Regional Hospital.
Officer William Marshall reported he was westbound on U.S. 6, near County Road 250, when an eastbound, blue 2008 Dodge Caliber crossed the center line, making him drive on the shoulder to avoid a collision. Marshall conducted a traffic stop and the Dodge’s driver, Buikema, reportedly told police he had been drinking at The Draft House in Lake Station and was on his way to his mother’s home in Kouts.
He repeatedly asked, “You can just follow me home, can’t you?” He agreed to sobriety tests, saying, “I’ll do whatever you want, I’m one of the good guys. You guys are my friends,” according to the police report.
Once he failed tests on the scene and was taken to Porter Regional Hospital for a blood draw, however, Buikema rescinded his consent and reportedly became loud and verbally abusive.
After a warrant was obtained and a hospital employee prepared to take a blood sample, Buikema allegedly fought Marshall and a hospital security officer. The three ended up on the floor, with Buikema kicking both officers until he was shot three times with a stun gun. Another officer arrived to help move him to a four-point-restraint bed.
During the struggle, Buikema threatened to find both officers at a later time and “murder you when these cuffs come off,” according to the police report. The threats allegedly continued as Buikema was transported to the Porter County Jail.
Buikema was charged with a number of felonies and misdemeanors. Although the arrest report and jail booking sheet included discrepancies on the preliminary charges, both listed two counts of felony intimidation, two counts of misdemeanor battery, drunken driving and disorderly conduct.