11/28/12 A Leesburg man faces numerous charges after fleeing from Indiana Conservation Officers Saturday evening. On November 24, 2012 around 5 p.m. an Indiana Conservation Officer on patrol came across a vehicle near Durham Lake which directed his attention to a hunter coming out from the woods.
The hunter identified as Charles Norris, 29, was discovered to have an outstanding felony warrant in Whitley County. The Conservation Officer requested assistance before attempting to place Norris in custody. Two additional Conservation Officers arrived to assist with the arrest. Norris fled from officers prior to being handcuffed for his outstanding warrant. After a short foot pursuit, Norris continued to resist Conservation Officers attempting to place him in handcuffs.
Once Norris was detained, he was transported by North Webster EMS to Kosciusko Community Hospital for medical examination. Norris was medically cleared and transported to the Kosciusko County Jail. Upon arrival at the jail, Norris attempted to escape by jumping from the slowly moving police vehicle and running away on foot while handcuffed behind his back.
He was chased down a second time by Conservation Officers and escorted back to the jail. During the booking process, Norris claimed to have ingested balloons containing methamphetamines earlier in the day so he was transported back to Kosciusko Community Hospital for additional medical examination.
Norris was medically cleared again before finally ending up incarcerated at the Kosciusko County Jail. Norris was booked into the Kosciusko County Jail on the following charges in addition to the outstanding felony warrant:
- Resisting Law Enforcement
- Escaping Law Enforcement
- Possession of Cocaine
- Possession of a firearm by convicted felon
- Failure to procure a hunting license