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Verbatim: High-speed chase starts at Chain O' Lakes, ends in Fort Wayne

A report received Wednesday morning from the Noble County Sheriff Department:

On June 18th at 12:42 am the Noble County Sheriff Department received a call about a disturbance at the Chain O' Lakes State Park.

Deputies learned from the caller that an intoxicated male was driving around the park and that he had a lifetime license suspension.

A short time later while at the entrance to the park, the male drove up to the front gate, about to exit the park in his vehicle. Deputies instructed the male driver to stop and get out of the vehicle. The driver refused and accelerated westbound out of the park onto CR 75 S. Two Noble County Deputies began pursuit of the vehicle. The vehicle turned south onto St Rd 9 and continued until coming to the intersection of St Rd 9 and US 33. The vehicle turned south onto US 33 and the pursuit continued.

A Churubusco Police officer successfully laid down spike strips and took out the vehicle’s front passenger side tire. The pursuit continued on US 33 until the vehicle eventually merged onto Goshen Rd heading into downtown Ft. Wayne. The vehicle turned onto St Mary’s Ave until reaching a dead end at which point it pulled into a driveway and the driver took off running from the vehicle. The driver was quickly chased down, tased and taken into custody.

The driver was transported to Parkview Noble Hospital in Kendallville by a Noble County Deputy. Once at the hospital the driver made multiple attempts to escape but was eventually subdued with assistance from the Kendallville Police Department. The driver was later transported to the Noble County Jail.

Charges related to Operating a Vehicle as a Habitual Traffic Violator, Resisting Law Enforcement w/ a vehicle, Operating While Intoxicated, and Battery to a Police Officer Resulting in Bodily Injury are being submitted to the Noble County Prosecutor’s Office for review.

The driver was identified as Charlie Marcum II of Ft Wayne.

Assisting the Noble County Sheriff Department were the Churubusco Police Department, Allen County Police Department, Fort Wayne Police Department and the Kendallville Police Department.

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