Crash on Lake Freeman with DNR officer leads to couple's arrest

A man crashed into a DNR officer on Lake Freeman, and then the man's wife tried to fight officers, police said. Now, both are facing charges.

Posted: Jul 16, 2019 6:48 AM
Updated: Jul 16, 2019 7:57 AM

MONTICELLO, Ind. (WLFI) — A couple, with two different spellings of their last name, has been arrested after an odd encounter with police on Lake Freeman.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resouces said 46-year-old Peter Lassale crashed with a conservation officer on the lake, ran away and then hid as his wife fought officers.

On Saturday, officers tried to pull over a personal watercraft after noticing it didn't have registration displayed. That's when officers said Lassale, who was driving, crashed with the officer.

Lassale then fled to shore and hid in a home on Orchard Court. While police were trying to get him out, they say his wife, 36-year-old Renata LaSalle, came back to shore and started fighting with an officer.

Police forced entry to the home after the man reportedly said he was getting a gun. 

Lassale and LaSalle, both of Chesterton, face preliminary charges. Lassale faces a misdemeanor charge of Boating While Intoxicated and felony charges of Resisting Law Enforcement with a Vehicle and Intimidation. LaSalle faces misdemeanor charges of Boating While Intoxicated and Resisting Law Enforcement, and a felony charge of Battery on Law Enforcement. Additional charges are possible. 

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