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Motorcyclist flees police, crashes near Westville

Updated: November 27, 2013 6:05AM



WESTVILLE — A man who led officers on a pursuit crashed and suffered life-threatening injuries early Thursday morning.

LaPorte County Sheriff’s officers responded to a report of a motorcycle crash at U.S. 421 and County Road 250S around 1:19 a.m., the Indiana State Police reported. They didn’t find the accident but clocked an approaching 2002 Harley Davidson Glider at an excessive amount of speed at U.S. 421 and Indiana 2.

The motorcycle driver, identified as William Kniess, 39, of Westville, refused to stop and led officers north through a neighborhood off East Jefferson Street before returning to northbound U.S. 421. As he approached Valentine Court in Michigan City, Knies lost control of the Harley when it hit a curb.

Knies was ejected off the motorcycle and landed in the roadway. The bike ended up in the right lane.

Knies, who was not wearing a helmet, was transported to St. Anthony Hospital in Michigan City and later transported to South Bend Memorial Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Police said Knies’ blood-alohol level was 0.289 percent.



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