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Charges in Gun Involved Road Rage

(La Porte County, IN) - The firing of a gun during an act of road rage locally on Christmas Day has resulted in criminal charges. Brett Kurpiel, 39, bonded out of the La Porte County Jail five days after his arrest.


According to court documents, there was a dispute about 9 p.m. between he and a motorist at the Speedway station on U.S. 421 near Michigan City.   Kurpiel from the parking lot allegedly fired two shots into a concrete barrier and bed of the victim’s truck.


Further documents showed one of the responding officers was injured while they were attempting to place the Michigan City man into handcuffs.  The officer was bleeding from cuts to his mouth and right hand resulting from some type of physical contact during a struggle with the suspect.


Kurpiel is charged with Level 5 Felony Battery with Injury to a Law Enforcement Officer along with Resisting Law Enforcement and Criminal Recklessness, both Level 6 Felonies.


He is currentlly out waiting for the case to be decided on $1,500 cash bond.

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