Man with warrants accused of operating vehicle while intoxicated

ELKHART, Ind. – A man with outstanding warrants was arrested on Monday after allegedly leading police on a chase while intoxicated, the Elkhart Police Department reported.

At 4:42 p.m., an officer was stopped at the intersection of Ashland and W. Indiana Avenues when he saw a silver Buick disregard the stop sign at Chester Avenue and turn east onto Indiana, according to reports.

The officer followed the Buick as it allegedly ignored another stop sign and turned south onto Prairie Street, according to police.

The vehicle allegedly didn’t stop as the officer activated his sirens and initiated a pursuit, reports said.

The officer suspected the driver was operating under the influence of some substance after noticing his driving behavior.

The chase continued until the Buick pulled into a driveway in the 700 block of Hiawatha Drive.

The driver got out and allegedly ran towards the open garage until a K9 captured the suspect, according to reports.

The front seat passenger of the vehicle got out and was sprawled on the driveway.

The driver, identified as 51-year-old Dennis Gills of Elkhart, was taken to the hospital for treatment.

He was arrested on the following charges:

  • Resisting law enforcement with vehicle
  • Resisting law enforcement
  • Driving while suspended
  • Operating a vehicle while intoxicated
  • Outstanding warrants out of Elkhart Superior Court

The passenger of the Buick was released at the scene with no charges.

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