Portage man faces drunken driving, intimidation charges after arrest

2014-05-30T14:45:00Z 2014-05-30T21:19:35Z Portage man faces drunken driving, intimidation charges after arrestJoyce Russell joyce.russell@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2222 nwitimes.com

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP | A Portage man is facing a slew of charges after he was stopped Friday morning suspected of drunken driving.

Donald Buikema, 36, told a Porter County Sheriff's officer that he was just trying to get to his mother's home in Kouts after Buikema crossed the center line on U.S. 6 near County Road 200 West, nearly striking the officer's car.

Buikema registered a .25 blood-alcohol concentration on a portable breath test, which is more than three times the legal limit, when stopped at 1:20 a.m.

Initially cooperative, according to the report, Buikema grew increasingly agitated when police transported him to Porter Regional Hospital for blood tests.

Police said Buikema threatened officers, telling them, "I'm gonna kill you for doing this to me," and refused to let his blood be drawn, fighting with officers and a hospital security officer until one officer used his stun gun in an attempt to get Buikema under control.

Buikema was charged with felony resisting law enforcement and two counts of felony intimidation. He also was charged with misdemeanor counts of battery with injury, battery to law enforcement, disorderly conduct and three counts of operating while intoxicated.

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