(La Porte, IN) - Police officers were pushed to the brink during their struggle to arrest a man in a store parking lot in La Porte. Nicholas Lambert, 22, is charged in La Porte Circuit Court with level 6 felony battery against a public safety official and two other counts.
On March 10th, Lambert was alone inside an SUV outside Kroger when approached by officers with a warrant for his arrest. Police said Lambert sprang out of the passenger seat and tried running past the officers but he was grabbed by the arms.
During a struggle, the La Porte man was taken to the ground but he wouldn’t stop resisting arrest. Officers were not able to get his hands behind his back to place him in handcuffs until additional officers arrived.
“Nicholas was still trying to get away even after he was handcuffed,” patrolman Brett Fisher wrote in his report.
Lambert during his short trip to the La Porte County Jail also kept trying to open the door and window beside him in the back seat of the police vehicle. Authorities state Officer Fisher was bleeding from wounds on his right hand sustained during the struggle and complained of pain to his right knee.
According to court records, Lambert has a prior conviction for making physical contact with law enforcement and other crimes.