06/06/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Hutaree Militia Case: Thomas Piatek, Alleged Plotter, Drove Semi At Police Car 20 Years Ago

A northwest Indiana man charged last month with plotting with other militia members to murder police officers drove a semi into the path of a south suburban police car two decades ago.

Thomas Piatek, 46, of Hammond, was southbound when he "abruptly veered" over a raised median in the 18100 block of Halsted Street in Homewood, flashed on his high beams and drove directly into the path of a northbound marked police car on May 14, 1990, a police report shows.

"I thought you were one of those (expletives) with the bright lights on all the time," Piatek allegedly told the Homewood officer, who swerved to avoid the semi, then made a U-turn and arrested him.

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