Pine Township man arrested at scene of house fire

2013-11-18T18:30:00Z 2013-11-18T22:22:11Z Pine Township man arrested at scene of house fireTimes Staff nwitimes.com
November 18, 2013 6:30 pm  • 

PINE TOWNSHIP | A Pine Township man with a criminal history was arrested Monday after police said he interfered with firefighters trying to extinguish a fire at his home.

Christopher Battishill, 40, is charged with interfering with a firefighter,  a misdemeanor. He also had an outstanding warrant for failure to comply with probation on a previous criminal charge.

Pine Township and several other fire departments were called at 5:17 a.m. Monday to a fire at 624 E. Old Chicago Road.

Police said Battishill interfered with firefighters as they tried putting out the fire. He was arrested by Porter County police.

He was taken to Porter Regional Hospital for medical clearance before being taken to Porter County Jail.

Police said the case remains under investigation, and further charges are possible.

A jury in 2012 found Battishill guilty of intimidation and disorderly conduct in a case in which police had said he threatened to kill family members. Police said Battishill believed he was God and was armed with a samurai sword when he threatened to kill family members March 31, 2012.

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