Motorcyclist injured while fleeing from police

2013-10-24T19:00:00Z 2013-10-25T07:57:08Z Motorcyclist injured while fleeing from policeStan Maddux Times Correspondent
October 24, 2013 7:00 pm  • 

A Westville man suffered life-threatening injuries Thursday morning when he crashed while fleeing from police.

According to Indiana State Police, William Knies, 39, had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.28, which is more than three times the legal limit.

LaPorte County police received a call just after 1 a.m. about a motorcycle crashing in Westville at U.S. 421 and 250 South.

Responding officers were unable to locate any evidence of an accident then heard a motorcycle approaching.

Police said the motorcycle, driven by Knies, was traveling at speeds above the 55 mph limit on U.S. 421. An attempt was made to stop Knies, but he kept going.

According to police, Knies turned into a residential area on East Jefferson Street and headed back on U.S. 421 where the chase continued northbound.

Police said they chased Knies for 10 miles to Michigan City where Knies lost control of his 2002 Harley Davidson two blocks south of Ames Field on Franklin Street when he hit a curb.

He was thrown from the motorcycle and landed in the roadway, police said.

Knies, who was not wearing a helmet, was taken to Franciscan St. Anthony Health and later transferred to Memorial Hospital in South Bend.

Police did not release his specific injuries but hospital officials reported that he was in critical condition.

Knies also tested positive for THC, the chemical ingredient associated with marijuana, according to police.

LaPorte County police Executive Capt. Heath Haferkamp said state police were brought in to conduct the investigation because the crash occurred during a chase by his department and to avoid any appearance of impropriety during the probe.

According to court documents, Knies was sentenced in a different case Oct. 15 for resisting law enforcement and operating while intoxicated.

He received a 360-day sentence in the LaPorte County Jail with 180 days suspended.

His driver's license was also suspended for 90 days, according to court documents.

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