Those silly Harley riders! Don't they know you have to have a fast bike that can actually handle to run? And to do it without a helmet. Real smart. Hardley Ableson-- Hardley Able to even run from the cops. :fail
MICHIGAN CITY — An early Thursday morning pursuit ended with a motorcycle crash and the driver receiving life threatening injuries.
A preliminary investigation by Indiana State Police Detective Chris Campione revealed that at about 1:19 a.m., the La Porte County Sheriff’s Department received information about a motorcycle crash that may have occurred on U.S. 421 and CR-250S in Westville.
Officers who responded were unable to locate the crash but shortly thereafter heard a motorcycle approaching their location. A deputy clocked a 2002 Harley Davidson Street Glide at an excessive speed in a 55 mph zone on U.S. 421 from Ind. 2.
The deputy attempted to stop the motorcycle but the driver would not pull over.
The motorcycle went into a neighborhood off East Jefferson Street in Westville and continued until exiting back onto north bound U.S. 421.
The motorcycle driver later identified as, William Knies, 39, Westville, refused to stop as he continued north.
As Knies approached U.S. 421 (Franklin Street) and Valentine Court in Michigan City, about two blocks south of Ames Field, he lost control of the Harley when it hit a curb.
Knies was ejected off the motorcycle and landed in the roadway. The Harley came to rest in the right lane on its side.
Knies, who was not wearing a helmet, was transported to Franciscan St. Anthony’s Health in Michigan City and later transported to South Bend Memorial Hospital with life threatening injuries.
Preliminary indications are Knies tested positive for alcohol. His blood alcohol level was .28-percent, well above the .08-percent legal limit. He also tested positive for metabolic of tetrahydrocannibinol (THC).
Questions about the pursuit should be directed to the La Porte County Sheriff’s Department.
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