The conviction of a Valparaiso man who stalked a woman in Warsaw in 2018 was upheld by the Indiana Supreme Court Tuesday.

According to the Associated Press, the Court ruled that Rodney W. Falls was properly convicted in 2018 of felony stalking and misdemeanor marijuana possession.

Falls, then 54, was arrested and booked into the Kosciusko County Jail Feb. 12. A Warsaw Police Department news release issued at that time stated a woman told WPD she was being followed by an unknown man. While traveling east on U.S. 30 in the Valparaiso area, she noticed a green car appeared to be following her.

At one point, the car pulled up beside her and the driver – later identified as Falls – waved to her. The woman said there were at least three times when she would intentionally switch lanes and Falls also would switch lanes, cutting off other vehicles already in the lane.

When the woman arrived in Warsaw, she exited U.S. 30 and drove around searching for the Warsaw police station via a mobile device. She alleged Falls continued to closely follow her as she turned onto each street.

Upon pulling into WPD's parking lot, Falls pulled in beside her. She immediately drove out of the lot and called 911. Central Dispatch directed the woman to return to the police department and go inside. She pulled back into the WPD's parking lot and exited her vehicle as Falls pulled into the parking lot.

WPD staff took the woman into the building and officers talked with Falls in the parking lot.  

Falls told officers he was just driving to Warsaw because it was a nice day. After being told of WPD’s surveillance video, he subsequently admitted to following the woman, but again failed to provide a purpose. He said he did not know the woman.

It was believed by investigators that Falls was unaware he had pulled into WPD’s parking lot, according to the news release.

Associated Press reported the Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed Falls' convictions and his three-year sentence in July. But Falls appealed to the state's high court, arguing that his stalking conviction was improper because Indiana law defines stalking as "repeated or continuing harassment" that would cause a reasonable person to feel "terrorized, frightened, intimidated or threatened." He argued that his behavior occurred in just a single incident.

The five justices rejected that argument, finding that a single episode of continuing harassment like Falls' actions satisfied the legal requirement for a stalking conviction, the AP reported.

"A charge of stalking may be supported by conduct that is continuous in nature, even if it is a single episode," they wrote in their decision.