Portage man falsely tells police wife taken at gunpoint

2014-04-07T16:33:00Z 2014-04-07T23:32:04Z Portage man falsely tells police wife taken at gunpointJoyce Russell joyce.russell@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2222 nwitimes.com

PORTAGE | A man found lying in a restaurant parking lot late Friday night swore to police that his wife had been taken at gunpoint by two men.

The man was mistaken, police said.

John Wayne Shannon, 32, of 2386 Dixie No. A, Portage, instead was charged with false reporting, disorderly conduct and resisting law enforcement. His wife, Misty Lou Shannon, 32, of the same address, was charged with three counts of drunken driving and driving while suspended.

A police officer driving north on Willowcreek Road just before 11:30 p.m. Friday saw a man lying on the ground in front of a restaurant in the 2500 block of Willowcreek Road. A witness told the officer that the man had been dragged by a car that left the scene.

Shannon told police that he and his wife had been held up at gunpoint at a nearby gas station and that she was still in the car with the man that held them up.

However, two witnesses told police the only person in the vehicle that drove away was a blonde woman.

Police foundd Misty Shannon at her home. She told police she and her husband had walked to a local bar to have some drinks, then went to a neighbors to have a few more. When her husband wanted cigarettes, they drove to the local gas station and then got into an argument because she didn't think he was capable of driving home.

She left him at the gas station and went home, but then "felt bad" and went out to find him. She located him the parking lot where they continued to argue and she left again. She said she made sure she didn't run him over and drove home to wait for police, according to the report.

John Shannon continued to be uncooperative with police and held to his story that his wife had been carjacked. He was transported to a local hospital where he continued to be agitated, police said.

John Shannon was medically cleared and transported to Porter County Jail. He had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.213. Misty Shannon, who also was taken to jail, had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.11. Anything over 0.08 is considered intoxicated in Indiana.

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