VALPARAISO | A Porter County Sheriff's Department officer said he was prepared to issue a warning to an 18-year-old Florida man who had flashed his bare buttocks to traffic along Calumet Avenue in Valparaiso on Thursday night.
But the officer wound up hauling Austin Church to jail after the young man continually made offensive comments and refused to cooperate.
Officer Paul Czupryn said he was traveling north on Calumet Avenue in the area of Wendy's restaurant at 11:13 p.m. when he saw Church stop in the northbound lane, lower his pants and then walk east with his buttocks fully exposed.
He said he stopped Church, who reportedly told him he was having fun and did not realize a police officer was in the area. After continually making rude and condescending comments, Church was handcuffed and continued to resist efforts to quiet down.
The officer said he was preparing to issue a warning for public nudity, when he noticed Church attempting to move his handcuffs to the front side of his body by slipping them under his feet. When he resisted efforts to stop him and began yelling, Czupryn said he decided to make an arrest.