Suspect in Elkhart hit-and-run identified
Posted: 10/04/2012 at 1:15 am
Johnson, 25, of 52081 Conrad St., was taken to the Elkhart County Jail for criminal recklessness, leaving the scene of an accident and carjacking, according to a booking report from the jail.
According to witnesses, Johnson was at the VFW Post 88 on 1519 W. Bristol St. for about an hour and claimed to be the vice-president of the Dirty White Boys Gang.
George Morehouse, one of the witnesses, said he saw Hal Spratt trying to pull Johnson out of a van. Johnson reversed and pulled forward, striking Spratt at least twice.
Lt. Laura Koch, public information officer at the Elkhart Police Department, said police were called around 5:17 p.m. Johnson fled in the vehicle and later on foot. He was caught around 5:48 p.m.
Johnson has a long criminal history involving possession of narcotics, theft and identity deception according to Elkhart County Jail records. Koch said Johnson was not registered as a gang member.
Spratt was taken to the hospital, where he was treated and released.