Chicago resident accused of leading police on chase in Berrien County

BERRIEN COUNTY, Ind. – A Chicago resident was arrested after allegedly leading Indiana and Michigan police on a chase on Wednesday morning, the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office reported.

At 12:45 a.m., several Indiana police units were pursuing an allegedly stolen white box truck that was traveling east on I-94 into Michigan, reports said.

Deputies with the New Buffalo Township Patrol joined the pursuit as it entered the township.

Indiana officers positioned stop sticks and were able to deflate the tires on the box truck before the vehicle crossed state lines.

With the tires deflating, the box truck eventually stopped near exit 4.

The driver of the box truck got out of the truck and ran away, reports said.

Indiana officers released a K9 that chased and caught the suspect after biting him.

The suspect, identified as 24-year-old Sergio Covarrubias of Chicago, allegedly continued to resist officers as they took him into custody, according to reports.

Covarrubias was taken to the hospital to be treated for the dog bites and to get a blood alcohol test.

He was later taken to the Berrien County Jail.

Covarrubias faces the following charges:

  • Fleeing and eluding police 4th degree
  • OWI with High BAC
  • Receiving/concealing stolen property
  • Police officer resist and obstruct
  • Open container alcohol in motor vehicle
  • Driving without valid operator’s license
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