Porter County Law and Order
September 25, 2012 2:44PM
Updated: September 25, 2012 5:10PM
Teen holding knife found lying in road
A report of a male teen lying in the road led to his arrest for resisting law enforcement, possession of drug paraphernalia and underage drinking.
When police arrived at about 11:40 p.m. Monday, the 17-year-old still was lying on south Timber Drive, in Porter Township, with his arms straight out to his sides and a large knife in his right hand.
He reportedly did not follow police commands to stay on the ground and put the knife down, instead putting it in his pocket and trying to stand up, and he was arrested at gunpoint after a third warning, police said. The teen said he had been with friends and did not know how he ended up in the road.
Parents report son sneaking taking car
A 16-year-old who claimed to want more driving practice was arrested for taking his parents’ car without permission. The teen allegedly took a set of keys from the house, in the 1500 block of Robin Road north of Valparaiso, and left with the bronze 2003 Ford Crown Victoria between 2:30 and 3:15 a.m. Monday.
Police said they found him, at about 4:35 a.m., driving the car at North Calumet Avenue and Bullseye Lake Road. The teen, who was alone in the car, was taken to the Porter County Juvenile Detention Center for charges of conversion and driving without a license.
Drunk leading the drunk arrested
An officer arrested two drunken drivers simultaneously after reportedly finding them speeding in the 300 block of West U.S. 30, both going west in the same lane with less than one car length of space between them. The stop was made at about 2:35 a.m. Tuesday, and the drivers were going 68 mph in a 55 mph zone, police said.
The second driver told police she was following friends, the occupants of the first vehicle, to a home.
The driver of the lead car, Christopher Gomes, 29, of the Shorewood Forest subdivision, was arrested for felony drunken driving, with two prior convictions. He was issued warnings for speeding and driving with a suspended license.
The second driver, Kelly Laursen, 23, of rural Valparaiso, was arrested for misdemeanor drunken driving. She was issued warnings for speeding and following too closely.
Woman accused of battering relative
Sharlene Vukovich, 63, is charged with felony battery after admitting to slapping a 21-year-old relative in the face while three toddlers watched. The incident took place at about 6 p.m. Sunday at the family’s home, in the 700 block of McCool Road. Vukovich told police the younger woman shoved her first, which the victim denied. Vukovich was not jailed because of her medical conditions, but she was ordered to stay away from the home until going to court.
Pills, marijuana found on driver
During a traffic stop at about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, James Hoover, 24, of Portage, was arrested for felony possession of a narcotic without a prescription and misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Police said Hoover was stopped at U.S. 6 and Juniper Road for driving erratically.