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Law & Order: Police dog pins man hiding in Chesterton basement

Updated: March 3, 2014 4:06PM



Chesterton

Police dog pins man hiding in basement

Deputies from the Porter County Sheriff’s Department apprehended a Chesterton man Tuesday on a warrant for felony burglary after a police dog found him hiding in his basement.

Matthew Westphal, 30, tried to dodge police when they arrived at his residence at 5:49 p.m. to serve the warrant, according to a police report. The door was chained and Westphal would not let officers in, according to the report, so the landlord agreed to let police break in. The dog, named Joker, then did a sweep of the home.

Police soon heard a male’s voice calling for help in the unlit basement and saw Joker had Westphal’s right wrist.

Westphal was treated at the scene and at Porter Regional hospital for injuries to his right foot and right wrist before being transported to Porter County Jail.

Portage Township

Sleeping driver
arrested for DUI

Police arrested a Valparaiso man early Wednesday on charges of driving while intoxicated after he was found sleeping in his running vehicle outside a convenience store.

Deputies with the Porter County Sheriff’s Department received a call at 5:30 a.m. Wednesday from the Family Express at 363 W. U.S. 6.

They found Sobeck and a passenger asleep in the car, parked in front of the entrance to the store, and several beer bottles in the vehicle that appeared to be empty. Sobeck was transported to Porter County Jail.

Union Township

Speeder arrested
on DUI charges

A Crown Point man faces an assortment of misdemeanor charges after deputies with the Porter County Sheriff’s Department stopped him for going 18 mph over the speed limit on U.S. 30.

At 2:22 a.m. Wednesday, police stopped Christopher Derisi, 55, at 334 W. U.S. 30, when he was westbound on U.S. 30. Police said he was going 73 mph in a 55 mph zone.

Derisi, who faces three misdemeanor charges for driving while intoxicated, was taken to the Porter County Jail. He also received a citation for speeding.



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