Police: Officer injured breaking up argument

March 11, 2019

MICHIGAN CITY — A Michigan City woman who got into a drunken brawl with her boyfriend at a local motel, later attacked a police officer who tried to break up the fight, according to Michigan City Police.

Lakisha Peoples was being held on a $15,000 cash bond in the La Porte County Jail as of Saturday, facing a felony charge of battery against a public safety officer, and misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct and resisting law enforcement, court records show.

Just before 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Michigan City Police were called to a domestic dispute involving a man and woman physically fighting at Christy’s Motel in the 300 block of U.S. 20. A man told them Peoples, his girlfriend, was being disruptive and had to be removed from his room, the report said.

Police said Peoples and the man were “very intoxicated and kept yelling,” according to the report. She was slurring her words, smelled of an alcoholic beverage and was unable to balance herself while sitting on the bed, the officer said in the report.

Because the man’s name was on the room rental, Peoples was asked to get another room, but kept refusing, police said. One officer went to speak to the manager, but was called back by the other officer, who said Peoples had battered the man, then dug her nails into the officer’s hand, the report said.

As the couple kept arguing, the second officer continued unsuccessfully to mediate, then saw Peoples, who was sitting on the edge of the bed, strike the man with her fist, the report said.

The officer approached, but Peoples refused to put down her beer bottle and continued to resist, the report said, and after a scuffle, they both fell to the floor.

Despite repeated requests to stop resisting, Peoples “dug her nails into the skin of my left hand with her right hand. I attempted to pull her right hand off of my left hand by pulling on her fingers, however she then squeezed my right-hand fingers with her right hand,” the officer wrote in the report.

The other officer returned and Peoples was subdued, but when an officer tried to put her shoes on for her, she kicked the shoes and, in the process, kicked the officer in the leg, the report said. She was finally taken to a squad car and driven to the police station without shoes.

The officer suffered open scratch wounds on her middle finger and thumb, but did not receive medical attention.

Peoples is next scheduled to appear Monday in Superior Court 4.

—From staff reports