PORTAGE TOWNSHIP | A South Haven-area man was arrested on intimidation charges after he threatened officers who were trying to break up a fight, police said.
Porter County sheriff's police were called to a disturbance possibly involving a gun about 10 p.m. Tuesday at a home in the 700 block of Devonshire Road.
The first responding officer entered the home with his gun drawn and found two men holding 34-year-old Donald Ottenstroer on the floor, police said.
Other sheriff's units and Portage officers quickly arrived and began interviewing the group.
Ottenstroer's 28-year-old former girlfriend said Ottenstroer was at her home removing his possessions after making harassing phone calls and threatening to burn down the house, police said.
The woman's brother, one of the men who had Ottenstroer pinned down, said Ottenstroer drove his SUV through the front yard and up to the porch, then began arguing, police said. Ottenstroer then threatened the man, who called 911 and noticed what appeared to be a weapon in Ottenstroer's pocket, police said. The item in his pocket later turned out to be an empty knife sheath, police said.
Ottenstroer had a cut near his nose from one of the men punching him, police said. After Ottenstroer made a series of confusing statements, EMTs wanted to take him to a hospital, police said.
He then became belligerent, telling an police they would "need more than a Taser" to stop him because he'd "fought the police before," authorities said.
When threatened with a Taser, Ottenstroer began cooperating, police said.
After being cleared at Porter hospital, Ottenstroer taken to Porter County Jail, police said.