LIBERTY TOWNSHIP | A stolen car was recovered after the owner's brother spotted the car and followed it, holding the driver until police arrived.
Nicholas Easto, 29, of Valparaiso, was charged with auto theft, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia -- all felonies.
Police were called about 6:35 a.m. Wednesday by a Union Township man driving in the area of U.S. 6 and Meridian Road who recognized his sister's car, which she reported stolen a week earlier.
The man called police on his cell phone and followed the car into a driveway in the 200 West block of County Road 700 North. The Union Township man told police that Easto tried to drive around the man's car, but was boxed in. The man, who is listed in the police report as 6 feet 4 inches tall weighing 316 pounds, confronted Easto. Police said there was a brief struggle before the man stopped Easto, who is listed as 5 feet 6 inches tall and 150 pounds, by holding him on the ground.
Police said Easto was handcuffed when officers arrived. A syringe was found in Easto's shoe and more were found inside the car.
Easto told police a friend allowed him to use the car. But police said they could not find any record of a friend by the name Easto gave.
Easto was taken to the Porter County Jail. The car was returned to the owner.