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Wednesday was not the first time Jermaine L. Walker did not want to get arrested, but it would be the last.

The 40-year-old Fort Wayne resident was identified as the man who died after a police chase and violent crash in which investigators believe Walker aimed for the truck he hit.

His saga that day with police began shortly before 7 p.m. when police got a call that Walker, who had warrants for his arrest, was in the area of Southgate Shopping Plaza, according to a news release from Wednesday night.

When police got near Walker's minivan, he drove off with a passenger but stopped to let that person out before the chase continued, police said.

A spike strip set at Bluffton Road and Airport Expressway flattened two of the van's tires, but Walker continued along Airport Expressway until he got close to Ardmore Avenue, at which point he swerved into oncoming traffic.

The impact with a large pickup truck pinned Walker in the van and he was taken to a hospital where he died, police said.

The Allen County Coroner's Office ruled Walker died from blunt-force trauma. His death was the 13th traffic death this year in Allen County.

According to Allen County court records, Walker was wanted for misdemeanor charges of resisting law enforcement, and paraphernalia and marijuana possession.

He had a few criminal convictions that spanned from 1992 to 2008, including battery and invasion of privacy, and two separate convictions for resisting law enforcement.