Portage man, 30, arrested after leading police on chase
PORTAGE | A Portage man was arrested Sunday evening after leading police on a chase through a residential neighborhood.
James Schwei, 30, of 2858 Edgewood, was charged with resisting law enforcement, possession of a handgun without a permit, two counts of operating while intoxicated, criminal recklessness and reckless driving following the incident.
According to a police report, an officer spotted Schwei driving erratically on Stone Avenue just before 9 p.m. When the officer attempted to stop Schwei, he continued driving at a "high rate of speed" onto May Street where a number of people were in the roadway.
Police followed Schwei as he turned onto Sherwin Street and then stopped.
Schwei allegedly initially refused commands to show his hands and get out of his vehicle. After he did comply, he was handcuffed. Police found a 9 mm Beretta under the driver's seat of the car. Records indicated Schwei had been rejected through the Indiana State Police for a handgun permit.
Residents of the area told police they had to jump out of the way and estimated Schwei was driving 80 mph through the residential area.
Thefts reported at residence and campground in Portage
PORTAGE | An employee of Yogi Bear Campground, 5520 Old Porter Road, reported to police Saturday afternoon that someone stole her purse and its contents from a closet at the campground. Items taken were valued at $565.
A resident of the 5700 block of Evergreen Avenue reported to police Monday morning that someone stole rims and tires from his property. The items were valued at $500.