Vehicle Pursuit and Arrests February 20, 2014
Vehicle Pursuit Resulting in Crash
Incident Date: 02/20/2014
Incident Time: 10:09 PM
Incident Location: S. Hanna St and E. Lewis St. /S. Anthony Blvd and E. Rudisill Blvd
Victims: Adult Male, Serious Condition
Adult Female, Serious Condition
Suspects: Adult Male, uninjured
Adult Male, uninjured
On February 20, 2014, at 10:09 PM, an Officer with the Fort Wayne Police Department attempted a traffic stop an orange Chevrolet Avalanche at the intersection of S. Hanna St. and E. Lewis St. The Avalanche failed to stop, but instead led police on a pursuit that went down several side streets, with the driver of the Avalanche showing no regard for the safety of others. Other officers responded to the area, deploying stop sticks at various locations, hoping to deflate the fleeing vehicle’s tires and end the pursuit.
The Avalanche eventually turned southbound on S. Anthony Blvd, and continued to place innocent persons at risk while fleeing. The Avalanche approached the intersection of S. Anthony Blvd. and E. Rudisill Blvd, and had a red light, so the Avalanche went around stopped traffic and continued towards the intersection. At the same time, a Dodge Dakota carrying an adult male and adult female was traveling westbound on E. Rudisill Blvd, with a green light. The Avalanche, running the red light while fleeing, broadsided the Dakota, causing the Dakota to spin around and face the opposite direction. The Avalanche continued until it struck a tree in a front yard.
The driver was then apprehended, walking away from the vehicle. The passenger fled on foot towards the 3900 block of Lillie St. Officers on scene requested a K9, and K9 Django (and his handler, Ofc. Coffelt) began tracking this suspect. At the same time, Police received a report of a burglary in progress in the 3900 block of Lillie St. K9 Django tracked to the address where the burglary in progress was reported, and officers then apprehended the passenger inside this home.
The passenger was found to have an active warrant, and narcotics were also found inside the Avalanche. The Gang and Violent Crimes unit is investigating this incident, as the occupants of the fleeing car are known gang members.
The occupants of the Dakota were determined to be in serious condition by medics, who transported them to a local hospital, where they remain in serious condition.
The suspects are currently being interviewed by detectives, and will then be arrested. It is not presently known exactly what charges each will face.
The Fort Wayne Police Department’s FACT team was requested to process the accident scene, which is standard protocol for an incident of this type.
The intersection of S. Anthony Blvd. and E. Rudisill Blvd. remained closed while the scene was investigated.
This incident remains under investigation by the Fort Wayne Police Department and the Allen County Prosecutor’s Officer.
Officer Chris Felton
Public Information Officer
Fort Wayne Police Department