Westville man who crashed in Michigan City during motorcycle chase dies

2013-10-30T12:30:00Z 2013-10-30T19:11:05Z Westville man who crashed in Michigan City during motorcycle chase diesStan Maddux Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
October 30, 2013 12:30 pm  • 

A man who crashed while leading police on a motorcycle chase from Westville to Michigan City has died.

William Knies, 39, of Westville, died at Memorial Hospital in South Bend two days after suffering a head injury.

About 1 a.m. Oct. 24, LaPorte County Police responded to a call about a motorcycle accident in Westville then spotted Knies traveling above the speed limit on U.S. 421.

An attempt was made to stop Knies, who kept going with several units in pursuit. He crashed when his 2002 Harley Davidson motorcycle hit a curb on U.S. 421 near Ames Field and landed on the pavement.

Knies was not wearing a helmet, police said.

According to police, he had a blood-alcohol concentration of .28, and THC, the intoxicating ingredient in marijuana, was found in his bloodstream.

To avoid any appearance of impropriety, the investigation was turned over to Indiana State Police, which found no evidence of wrongdoing by police, said Sgt. Al Williamson, district investigative commander for Indiana State Police in Lowell.

Williamson said the investigation is nearly completed.

According to court documents, Knies was sentenced 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.

According to his obituary, Knies was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and a union painter.

Visitation is 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home in Chesterton.

He leaves behind four children, according to his obituary.

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