Two arrested after multi-county police chase

NORTHEAST INDIANA – Two people were arrested after leading police on an hour-long chase through multiple counties in Northeast Indiana.

At around 3 p.m. on January 12, troopers with the Indiana State Bremen Post attempted to stop a black Toyota Camry occupied by a fugitive wanted out of Fulton County, officials said.

The vehicle also contained an occupant in possession of a handgun and assault rifle as a serious violent felon, police said.

The suspect first fled from police in the area of S.R. 13 near Syracuse in Kosciusko County.

At first heading to Elkhart County, the vehicle eventually headed to the Lake Wawasee area and into Noble County.

In Noble County, the suspects led police on a high-speed chase along U.S. 33, throwing bags of items out the windows as they went.

The suspects also tossed out a handgun, officials reported.

The chase then made its way east onto S.R. 205 towards DeKalb County.

A deputy with the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department deployed stop sticks on S.R. 205 at C.R. 60, which deflated at least one of the suspect’s tires.

Despite damage to the vehicle, the suspects continued on to Auburn where the vehicle ran off the road and through a fence behind the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Museum property, eventually getting back on the road and heading south on C.R. 427 into Allen County.

On Tonkel Road, the suspect lost control of the vehicle after running off the road and into a ditch, turning the vehicle onto its side.

Officers took the adult male driver and adult female passenger into custody and flipped the car back onto its wheels to retrieve a third occupant trapped in the overturned wreckage.

After being retrieved, the third occupant was taken into custody.

All three suspects were transported by ambulance to the Parkview Regional Medical Center, where the third occupant was released from custody without charges, police said.

The male driver and female passenger were released from the hospital and taken back to Kosciusko County where they are incarcerated on a number of charges, police said.

According to officials with the Indiana State Police, the following charges were made against the two suspects:

  • 40-year-old Ricky Johnson from Warsaw
    • Resisting Law Enforcement
    • Possession of Hypodermic Syringe
    • Possession of Handgun by Serious Violent Felon
    • Reckless Driving
  • 37-year-old Angela Rogers from Rochester
    • Possession of Hypodermic Syringe
    • Warrant hold for Fulton County, Assault Charge

Multiple police departments assisted on this incident, including the ISP Bremen Post, the ISP Fort Wayne Post, and officers from agencies in Kosciusko, Noble, DeKalb, and Allen County(s).

The Fort Wayne Fire Department, Three Rivers Ambulance Authority, and the Avilla Motor Works tow service assisted at the crash scene.

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