Michigan City man intentionally rams police car, injuring MC officer

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A Michigan City man intentionally rammed his Chevy Tahoe into a Michigan City Police squad car on Monday, June 25, 2018, injuring the officer behind the wheel.


MCPD stated that police were called to a fight between three males in the 700 block of Belden Street. Officers Cody Washluske and Matthew Babcock saw several individuals outside the house there and the Tahoe parked in the middle of the street. Babcock had his emergency lights activated and before he could get out of the squad car, the Tahoe backed up and then accelerated toward the police car. The squad’s air bags were deployed and Babcock sustained injury to his left hand.

The Tahoe then sped off, going around Washluske’s marked car and a pursuit followed throughout the neighborhoods with speeds in excess of 50 mph. As the driver of the Tahoe drove onto Cleveland Avenue, he began to lose control of the SUV and drove through a yard, then back on the street. The Tahoe continued, accelerating and not stopping or slowing for stop signs or intersections. As the Tahoe approached the intersection of Thurman and Lafayette and tried to turn, the Tahoe left the street and crashed into the wall of the AK Smith Center school.

The driver, Spencer Spangler, 28, of 701 Tilden St., Michigan City, was immediately arrested. Police also found a 15-year-old female passenger who was turned over to her parents.

Spangler now faces charges of Resisting Law Enforcement with a vehicle (Level 6 Felony), Operating While Intoxicated causing injury (Level 6 Felony), Operating While Intoxicated with a minor in the vehicle (A misdemeanor), Leaving the Scene of an Accident (A misdemeanor), and Reckless Driving (A misdemeanor).

Babcock is expected to fully recover. The police car was totaled.

2 Responses to “Michigan City man intentionally rams police car, injuring MC officer”

  1. lawman

    Jun 26. 2018

    upgrade the charges to attempted murder.

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  2. LpCitizen

    Jul 17. 2018

    Add on charges for the destruction of City property.

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