Hillsdale, Ind., man charged with intimidation, reckless driving in ATV speeding investigation

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A Hillsdale, Ind. man was charged with various offenses, including intimidation and reckless driving after he was seen driving an ATV “at a high rate of speed and clearly unsafe for the residential area,” according to the Vermillion County Sheriff’s Office.

Vermillion County deputies charged John Z. Pike, 33, Hilldsale, with intimidation, reckless driving, disorderly conduct and resisting law enforcement. The charges stem from 911 calls around 11:20 p.m. Friday about a person speeding on a 4-wheeler on county roads 775 S and 400 E. 

A deputy who arrived on the scene saw an ATV “at a high rate of speed and clearly unsafe for the residential area,” a sheriff’s office news release said. 

The ATV was stopped and Pike was identified as the driver. Deputies reported that Pike argued with them and demanded that other parties be arrested. It was noted in the news release that deputies had been called to the area several times in the past week for the same issue.

“The other parties involved also stated that Pike threatened to shoot their dogs when they expressed concern” for the animals’ safety, according to the news release.

Deputies ordered everyone to separate and go home so that the matter could be turned over to the prosecutor’s office for further review.

Pike drove away from his home and by one of the other parties’ homes. He argued again with deputies when they told him to turn around. He was reportedly told to leave several times but continued to argue and was placed in custody for disorderly conduct. 

He reportedly tried to pull away from deputies.

Pike was taken to Vermillion County Jail and released on $700 bond. 

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