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Michigan man caught after foot chase

May 23, 2019

MICHIGAN CITY – A Michigan man is behind bars Thursday after trying to run away from a traffic stop in Michigan City on Wednesday, according to Indiana State Police.

A state trooper pulled over a black 2006 Cadillac for a traffic violation at the junction of U.S. 20 and Ind. 212 near Michigan City. But after stopping, the passenger in the vehicle, later identified as 33-year-old David Whitney, ran from the car and into the nearby woods, according to ISP.

The trooper chased Whitney and attempted to deploy his taser while in pursuit, a statement from ISP said. The trooper eventually caught up with him and, after a brief struggle, Whitney was apprehended.

Whitney was charged with Level 6 felony counts of resisting arrest and battery against a public safety officer, according to the La Porte County Sheriff’s Department. He remained in the La Porte County Jail as of Thursday afternoon on a $755 cash bond, and was scheduled to appear Friday in Superior Court 4.

ISP said Whitney was a Coloma, Michigan, resident, while the sheriff’s department listed him as being from New Buffalo.

The driver of the vehicle, 35-year-old Crystal Speary of Michigan City, was issued a traffic citation and released at the scene.

—From staff reports

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