Police heard a sword-wielding man state the obvious about himself, he was “cuckoo” … make that “for Cocoa Puffs,” but not his name nor reason for his “performance” Sunday afternoon on I-65 near 61st Avenue.
About 2:30 p.m., two Indiana State Police troopers found an older model Toyota abandoned in the middle lane of I-65 southbound.
The man who abandoned the car was found marching in drum major style on the road’s inner shoulder while moving a 35-inch sword up and down in rhythm with his march.
His marching outfit consisted of plaid, knee-length shorts, no shirt and slip-on shoes.
When a trooper approached the man, he swung the sword in a defensive manner, police said, but then dropped the sword when police ordered him to do so.
Adding to the drama, a motorist nearly collided with a Merrillville Police car that arrived at the scene.
The nameless man then tried to get into that motorist’s vehicle, a 2010 Chevy SUV. At gunpoint, police then ordered the man to drop to the ground and Merrillville Police handcuffed him.
At Lake County Jail, the marching man gave several false names and addresses. He appeared to be in his mid- to late-40s. It was at the jail he told police he was “cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs.”
The cereal-loving man was charged with attempted carjacking, resisting law enforcement and marijuana possession.