MOROCCO -- Monday morning, a Good Samaritan stopped to help a driver who had crashed his vehicle in Newton County at approximately 6:20 a.m., on U.S. 41 near C.R. 300 W., just north of Morocco, when the Good Samaritan had a weapon displayed toward him and was forced to take the driver away from the crash scene.
The Good Samaritan was released, unharmed, a few miles away and the suspect fled east with the vehicle, Indiana State Police Sgt. Ann Wojas, Lowell Post spokesperson, said in a news release.
ISP Master Trooper Jim Strong, who was working in Starke County at the time, heard the dispatch and description of the stolen car, a gray Chrysler Sebring with Illinois plates, and went to the U.S. 30 and S.R. 39 area.
Strong went eastbound on U.S. 30 and as he approached Oak Road and U.S. 30 in Plymouth he saw the vehicle.
Strong attempted to make a traffic stop but the driver of the Chrysler fled going south onto U.S. 31.
The driver, white older male, attempted to make a right turn onto 14C Road, but was going too fast and went off the road into the ditch on the right side.
Trooper Strong made a felony stop and held the driver until Plymouth Police and Marshall County Sheriff’s Department arrived and they took the driver into custody.
The driver, identified as Victor E. Cihonski Jr., 61, South Bend, was taken to Saint Joseph’s Medical Center in Plymouth where he was treated and released with non-life threatening injuries.
He was taken and incarcerated at Lake County Jail in Crown Point and charged with Operating While Intoxicated (Controlled Substance), Reckless Driving, Resisting Law Enforcement (Vehicle), and weapon charges.
Cihonski is also facing several felony charges from the Newton County Sheriff’s Department related to the car-jacking.
Cihonski is also being held in connection with armed robberies that occurred in Cedar Lake and Lowell.
Formal charges are to be determined by the Lake County Prosecutor’s Office.
Assisting: Newton County Sheriff’s Department, Plymouth Police, Marshall County Police, Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Lake County Prosecutor’s Office, Cedar lake Police, Argos EMS and Lyon’s Towing.