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Michelle Davies | The Journal Gazette
2402 Paulding Road

High-speed chase ends in living room

A Fort Wayne man led police on a high-speed chase early Monday morning that ended with his vehicle crashing into the living room of a house on the city’s southeast side.

An officer monitoring the stop sign at Abbott Street and East Rudisill Boulevard at about 3:25 a.m. saw a driver speed through the intersection in a 2013 Nissan without stopping, according to police reports.

The driver, later identified as Christopher R. Smith, led police on a short chase eastbound on McKinnie Avenue and southbound on Hessen Cassel Road, before looping back on Ashcroft Drive and Devonshire Boulevard to go west on East Maple Grove Avenue.

Smith, 30, then turned onto Werling Drive and continued to Paulding Road, traveling at about 80 miles per hour, where he crashed into a house at 2402 Paulding Road.

Smith got out of the car and tried to flee but was shot twice by police with a Taser, the report said.

His blood-alcohol level was 0.185 percent, according to police.

Police found a handgun, and a small bag of a substance that appeared to be marijuana was found inside the vehicle.

Smith was taken to a local hospital and was then booked into the Allen County Jail on charges of possession of a handgun by a serious violent felon, operating a vehicle while intoxicated and resisting law enforcement.

Smith, of the 2900 block of Oliver Street, was being held in lieu of $13,250 bail for Monday’s charges but was being held without bond on a probation violation charge.

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