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David Whitney

David Whitney

MICHIGAN CITY — A traffic stop ended with a man running into the woods while being pursued by a state trooper.

An Indiana state trooper attempted to stop a black Cadillac for a traffic violation Wednesday at the intersection of U.S. 20 and Indiana 212 in LaPorte County near Michigan City, according to Indiana State Police.

The vehicle stopped and the passenger, David Whitney, 33, of Coloma, Michigan, allegedly ran out of the car and fled into the woods nearby, police said.

The trooper chased him and attempted to deploy his taser in the foot pursuit. The trooper caught up with Whitney and a struggle ensued between the two, police said. 

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The trooper apprehended Whitney, who was charged with resisting arrest and battery against law enforcement and is in custody at LaPorte County Jail. 

The driver of the vehicle, a Michigan City man, was given a citation and released from the scene.

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Night Crime/Breaking News Reporter

Anna Ortiz is the breaking news/crime reporter for The Times, covering crime, politics, courts, investigative news and more. She is a Region native and graduate of Ball State University with a major in journalism and minor in anthropology.