Man grabs wheel, causes crash
A 23-year-old man inexplicably reached from the passenger seat to pull the steering wheel hard to the right, causing the green 1997 Buick LeSabre he was riding in to roll repeatedly. Asked why he grabbed the wheel, the heavily intoxicated man said, “I don’t know, man. I don’t know,” according to the police report. The rural Porter County man is expected to be charged with misdemeanor criminal recklessness.
He and the 20-year-old female driver, from Kouts, were transported by ambulance to Porter Regional Hospital. Police said their injuries did not appear serious.
The crash happened at about 10:20 p.m. Wednesday on County Road 500E, a few miles north of the Jasper County Line at Dunns Bridge. The car settled on its roof in a field.
Crow bar left at burglarized home
Between 7:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday, a burglar forced in the back door of a home in the 400 block of North Old State Road 2, northeast of Valparaiso. The culprit left his crow bar next to the door. The victim recently had moved into the house and had not unpacked, so he did not immediately know everything that was stolen, but the missing items included a snowblower and computer equipment, according to the police report.
Windows smashed in vehicle thefts
A thief smashed windows overnight Tuesday while stealing items from three vehicles in a Washington Township neighborhood adjacent to the Porter County Municipal Airport.
One vehicle was undamaged, although a radar detector was stolen from the pickup’s cab and the culprit rummaged through tools in the bed. One vehicle had its rear passenger-side window broken, and its owner said her Coach purse and its contents were gone. Another vehicle had its front passenger’s and rear driver’s side windows broken, and a laptop computer and a digital camera were stolen. The vehicles were parked in the 100 block of Congress Street and the 300 block of Arlington Court.
Purse snatched from outside store
A man grabbed a 71-year-old Hobart woman’s purse, containing $340 cash, from her shopping cart at about 5:15 p.m. Tuesday outside Wal-Mart, at 6087 U.S. 6. A witness told police the man, approximately 5-feet 8-inches tall and in his 20s or 30s, wearing a dark stocking hat and dark jacket, left in a small green car. The purse was recovered in Lake Station.
Woman shoved cop when questioned
At about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, when an officer tried to enter Keri Canter’s house, in the 5800 block of Newport, after she invited him to search it for a gun stolen from an acquaintance, she immediately rescinded the offer and allegedly tried to push him out the door. Canter, 45, was arrested for misdemeanor battery to law enforcement.