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Columbia City man involved in 2 car chases in 3 days

– Two pursuits in three days.

Both ended when the driver crashed into police cars. The more recent also resulted in several destroyed graveyard headstones.

What they have in common is the driver.

It started May 8, when Luke M. Cabiya, 21, of Columbia City, was charged with resisting law enforcement with a vehicle and criminal mischief.

He posted bond the next day and was released.

A day later, Cabiya was in custody again, this time after a lengthy pursuit that reached speeds of 100 mph went through a cemetery and ended with a crash into a police car.

About 7 a.m. May 10, Allen County police were called to a burglary in the 16000 block of Coldwater Road after the owner said he caught two people taking about $2,100 in saddles from his barn, according to the probable cause affidavit.

The homeowner told police the two men ran east and got in a white car.

Police soon found the car and a pursuit headed south on Coldwater Road at speeds of nearly 100 mph before the car ran a red light and went west in the eastbound lanes of Dupont Road, the report said.

The car made a U-turn and went east to Auburn Road where police ended the pursuit because of heavy traffic in the area but still kept sight of the car.

Police followed north on I-69 and east on Union Chapel Road where the car ran another red light and crashed into a semi at Tonkel Road.

Not deterred, the driver continued north on Tonkel Road, made another U-turn and went off road to avoid police stop sticks as the car headed toward Dupont Road at nearly 80 mph, according to the affidavit.

Police again decided to stop the pursuit because of the heavy traffic but did not let the car out of sight. When the car got to Leo Crossing, the passenger got out before the car took off again.

Police quickly arrested the passenger, later identified as Brian A. Cremins, 26, of the 4500 block of Lafayette Street.

By this time, the car was headed north on Indiana 1 at about 80 mph when it went into Leo Memorial Park Cemetery and ran over several headstones before it came back onto the highway and crashed into an Allen County police car.

As police ordered the driver, later identified as Cabiya, out of the car, he tried to put the car back in gear but officers and a police dog pulled him from it before he could leave, the report said.

Cremins later told police he was too drunk to remember much of being in the barn and mainly remembered the pursuit. He was charged with burglary and receiving stolen property and was being held Thursday in lieu of $12,000 bail.

Police could not interview Cabiya because he was restrained as a result of violent behavior, the report said.

Cabiya was charged with burglary, receiving stolen property, resisting law enforcement and two counts of failure to stop after a crash.

He was being held Thursday in lieu of $15,000 bail, according to lockup, but court records show his bond from the first pursuit was revoked.

cmeyers@jg.net

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