FULTON COUNTY – On Saturday, Nov. 25, two people were arrested after leading an Indiana State Police trooper on a pursuit in Fulton and Marshall counties.
Around 3:23 p.m., Trooper Jarod Sheetz was patrolling on U.S. 31 in Fulton County when he located a Toyota passenger vehicle that was previously reported to be traveling northbound on U.S. 31 without a rear tire. Sheetz attempted to conduct a traffic stop; however, the juvenile driver fled at high speeds and led Sheetz on a pursuit through Fulton and Marshall counties’ roadways, reaching speeds of approximately 104 mph, according to a news release from the Indiana State Police.
The pursuit continued north on U.S. 31 to 13th Road (Marshall County), where deputies had tire deflation devices set up across the roadway. The Toyota struck the devices, deflating two tires. The juvenile ultimately lost control of the Toyota and crashed into the median near U.S. 31 and the Lincoln Highway overpass. The juvenile, along with a passenger (identified as Emmanuel Luna, 18, Michigan), were taken into custody without incident. No injuries were suffered from the crash, the release states.
Further investigation revealed the juvenile did not have a license. A subsequent search of the Toyota revealed a handgun that returned stolen out of Michigan.
Luna was incarcerated at the Fulton County Jail and the juvenile was released to their parent. Due to the driver of the vehicle being a juvenile, their name will not be released, the release states.
As a result of the pursuit and ensuing investigation, both are preliminary charged as follows:
The juvenile was charged with resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, a level 6 felony; theft of a firearm, a level 5 felony; reckless driving in a highway work zone, A misdemeanor; reckless driving, a C misdemeanor; and operator never licensed, a C misdemeanor.
Luna was charged with theft of a firearm, a level 5 felony.
Sheetz was assisted by officers with the Indiana State Police Bremen Post, Fulton County Sheriff's Office, Marshall County Sheriff's Office, Plymouth Police Department, Argos Police Department and Lyons Towing.