Anger over parking ticket ends in arrest of LaPorte man

2014-01-30T05:00:00Z Anger over parking ticket ends in arrest of LaPorte manStan Maddux Times Correspondent
January 30, 2014 5:00 am  • 

A LaPorte man slammed a door on a police officer's arm and wound up in jail over a $25 parking ticket, according to police.

Logan Knutson, 21, faces the potential fine from the ticket and the bill for his car being towed -- and criminal charges.

The ticket was for not moving his car within 24 hours to allow plows to clear his street of snow.

"That's certainly not something we like to have happen but some people just kind of lose their tempers and get out of control," LaPorte police Capt. Tom Heath said.

An orange warning ticket giving Knutson 24 hours to move his vehicle off the curb so plows can freely pass through was issued Monday under city ordinance.

The next day, though, his 2002 Ford Taurus was still there with a pile of plowed snow more than a foot high around his vehicle, police said.

According to police, Knutson came out and said he saw the ticket but did not answer why he didn't move the car.

He allegedly began yelling at police and the tow truck driver and ignored warnings to quiet down and get out of the middle of the street where he posed a hazard to oncoming traffic and tow truck operators.

When informed he was being arrested, police said Knutson started running and the officer giving chase grabbed him. Knutson, though, slammed the front door shut on the arm of LaPorte Officer Ron Clark, who eventually put him in handcuffs.

In addition to the parking violation, he was charged with battery and other misdemeanor counts. Heath said the officers was able to finish his shift.

"It didn't hurt him very bad," Heath said.

Heath said the harsh winter has kept officers busy placing hundreds of 24-hour warning tickets on vehicles parked along the streets.

Just four vehicles, though, had to be towed while the remainder of the owners complied with the warnings.

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