Men accused of leading chase in stolen vehicle

Andre Bridges. Photo courtesy: South Bend Police Department

Elijah Brown. Photo courtesy: South Bend Police Department

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. -- Two men were arrested after they allegedly led officers on a chase in a stolen vehicle, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Andre Bridges was arrested on the charges of auto theft and two counts of resisting law enforcement.

Elijah Brown was arrested on the charges of unlawful carrying of a handgun and resisting law enforcement.

On Tuesday, officers with the South Bend Police Department were notified of a stolen blue Hyundai Sonata traveling north on Olive Street.

An officer found the Sonata in the area of Lincolnway and Adams Street.

Three people were inside the vehicle. Two of the men were later identified as the driver, Bridges, and the front seat passenger, Brown.

The officer activated his lights and siren when Bridges tried to parallel park on North Elmer Street.

Bridges continued to back up, ignoring the officer and nearly crashing into the officer’s vehicle, reports said.

Bridges parked the Sonata and the officer pulled forward to block the vehicle in.

Bridges was ordered at gunpoint to remain still.

As Brown got out of the Sonata, the officer heard a heavy item hit the ground.

The officer told Brown to stop but Brown allegedly ran away.

Bridges also ran, reports said.

Another officer showed up and the two chased Bridges and Brown.

The third person in the vehicle also ran.

After chasing Bridges and losing him, officers eventually found him near the intersection of Prast and Huey Street.

Brown was later caught as well.

Police found a black 9mm Smith and Wesson M&P Shield where Brown had gotten out of the Sonata.

At the time of this incident, Brown had a pending felony for resisting law enforcement, reports said.

Bridges is being held at the St. Joseph County Jail on a $1,000 bond.

He is due in court on August 4.

Brown is being held at the St. Joseph County Jail on a $250 bond.

He is due in court on August 3.

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