Multiple people arrested after chaotic traffic stop

ELKHART, Ind. -- Several people were arrested after a traffic stop became chaotic when a second vehicle stopped and its occupants attempted to interfere, according to Elkhart Police.

Thursday afternoon an officer conducted a traffic stop on a Chevy Malibu in the 300 block of Chapman Avenue.

The driver, identified as Angela Sims, did not have a license and had an outstanding warrant, police said.

Her front seat passenger was identified as Lee Sims. The back seat passenger gave a false name and was later identified as Christopher Coleman, police said.

Coleman ran from the police and ran east on Chapman Avenue, police said.

Following a short pursuit, officers took Coleman into custody on a preliminary charge of resisting law enforcement and false informing.

During the traffic stop on the Malibu, a Honda Pilot SUV stopped just behind the officer’s vehicle and all four occupants got out of the vehicle.

The occupants were identified as Jon Verner Jr, Shiniah Bluntson, a juvenile and Keon Jackson, police said.

Bluntson walked up to the driver’s door of the Malibu and refused to step back when the officer asked her to, reports said.

All four occupants of the Honda got into the middle of the street and began yelling, reports said.

Despite being asked repeatedly, Bluntson, the juvenile, Jackson and Verner would not get out of the middle of the street, police said.

Additional officers arrived on scene.

Blunston was taken into custody on preliminary charges of disorderly conduct and resisting law enforcement.

The juvenile, 17, was taken into custody on preliminary charges of disorderly conduct and resisting law enforcement (interfering).

Verner and Jackson then got into the middle of the street again to argue with officers about the traffic stop on the Malibu, police said.

Officers asked Verner and Jackson to get out of the road and move their illegally parked vehicle, police said.

Verner got into the driver’s seat, put the vehicle in reverse and pressed the gas pedal even though there were 5 or 6 officers behind his vehicle, police said.

Verner stopped the vehicle and was taken into custody.

No officers or police vehicles were struck.

Verner, 23, was taken into custody on preliminary charges of resisting law enforcement; driving while suspended; and disorderly conduct.

Jackson, 23, was taken into custody on preliminary charges of resisting law enforcement (interfering); and disorderly conduct.

Angela Sims, 41, the driver of the Malibu, was taken into custody on preliminary charges of driving without ever receiving a driver`s license and possession of marijuana. She also received a citation (warning) for failure to use turn signal 200 feet prior to changing lanes.

Baggies with a brown leafy substance and some pills were found on Lee Sims, police said.

Lee Sims, 43, was taken into custody on preliminary charges of dealing-marijuana and possession of a controlled substance.

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