Peru, IN – A Kokomo man wanted on a Parole Violation Warrant used an alias and then attempted to run away on foot from a Peru Police Officer on June 26, 2019, at approximately 3:24 p.m. The incident took place on West Logansport Road.
According to a PPD probable cause affidavit, PPD Officer James J. Ulery was patrolling westbound on Logansport Road when he observed a white passenger vehicle pulled off the north side of the roadway and a male subject pushing a moped down the middle of the roadway.
Officer Ulery stopped to check on everyone and learned from the male subject that his back tire on the moped popped and he “whipped out”. Officer Ulery asked if the white vehicle was involved and the male stated that she was taking him to get a new tire.
The male subject, who identified himself as “Norman Goshern” appeared to be very nervous according to Ulery’s report. The report stated the male “would not stop moving around and shaking”.
Officer Ulery ran a license and warrant check on the male subject.
While waiting on the information to return, “Norman” stated that he needed to walk back to the white passenger vehicle to get his stuff out of the road. Officer Ulery didn’t observe anything in the roadway. While walking back to the vehicle, Central Dispatch advised this name was an alias of a wanted subject by the name of Stephen Michael Goshern.
Upon reaching the vehicle, “Norman” jumped into the passenger seat and shut the door. Officer Ulery then advised him to exit the vehicle which he did.
When asked what his real name was, “Norman” looked down at the ground and started moving to the back of the vehicle. Officer Ulery advised “Norman” to stop and come back to him, which he did.
Due to his suspicious behavior, Officer Ulery advised “Norman” to turn around and to remove his backpack. “Norman,” said he had to loosen it up first. At this point, “Norman” dropped the backpack and started to run west on Logansport Road. Officer Ulery advised the man to stop which he failed to do. Ulery then advised Central Dispatch that he was in a foot pursuit. Officer Ulery was able to tackle Norman approximately 40 yards west from where he started to run.
The man was then advised he was being placed under arrest for resisting law enforcement.
A search of the subject would locate a pack of Maverick cigarettes that contained two small clear plastic bags that held a greenish plant like substances that would later field test positive for marijuana. The packages weighed 2.9 and 2.5 grams as packaged.
Officer Shoffner finished the search of the subject locating an identification card. “Norman” was then positively identified as Stephen Michael Goshern. Mr. Goshern had an active warrant for his arrest for a parole violation.
Officer Shoffner then transported Mr. Goshern to the Miami County Jail without further incident.
Stephen Goshern, 45, of Kokomo, IN, was arrested on charges of Resisting Law Enforcement, Possession of Marijuana and Parole Violation Warrant
All criminal suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.