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Irate hotel guest drives into employee, flees scene, police say

Irate hotel guest drives into employee, flees scene, police say

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CHESTERTON — An employee at the local Quality Inn hotel told police an irate guest ran into him with his vehicle Friday, causing the employee to crash into the windshield and leaving him with several injuries.

Police have the identity of the suspect — a 31-year-old Gary man — but it does not appear he had been arrested as of Monday morning.

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The employee, who was left with a swollen eye, bloodied hands and a limp, reportedly told police the suspect had stayed at the hotel a couple of days with a woman and was preparing to leave shortly before noon when he was asked to move his Mazda off the grass.

The guest became aggressive and hotel staff found his room left "in shambles and the smell of weed covering the entire room," Chesterton police said.

The guest is accused of antagonizing a housekeeper and then verbally attacking the employee in question, calling him an anti-gay slur and threatening to "come after me," the man said. The guest accused the employee of calling him a racial slur.

"Then as he walked away he proceeded to say that I was done for and to watch my back," the employee told police.

The employee said he turned on his phone video recorder, and the guest told him the name on the credit card is fake, police said. The employee followed the guest to his vehicle with his phone video still on and the guest "jumped into the car and then ran me over."

The employee said when he felt the vehicle touch his leg, he jumped up and landed on the windshield causing it to break. Police later saw the video of the incident captured by the phone.

The number of reported drug overdoses in Porter County have risen each year from 63 in 2018 to 112 last year, Porter County Prosecutor Gary Germann said, quoting statistics provided by the Porter County Sheriff's Department Heroin Overdose Response Team.

Police in Chesterton and Gary were unsuccessful in locating the suspect, according to the incident report.

Police are pursuing a charge of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in bodily injury.

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Porter/LaPorte County Courts and Social Justice Reporter

Bob is a 23-year veteran of The Times. He covers county government and courts in Porter County, federal courts, police news and regional issues. He also created the Vegan in the Region blog, is an Indiana University grad and lifelong region resident.

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