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DeKalb County chase ends in driveway crash; driver airlifted to Parkview

Sunday, March 10, 2013 - 6:19 pm

A driver allegedly trying to escape a pursuing deputy was stopped cold early Sunday when he crashed into a pair of cars parked in a residential driveway in DeKalb County.

The DeKalb County Sheriff's Department reports that Jeremy Adang, 35, of Seamist Place in Fort Wayne, had a broken back and broken neck, plus cuts on his head and many scrapes, after the 12:35 a.m. wreck. He was flown by helicopter to Parkview Regional Medical Center. The Sheriff's Department provided this account:

A deputy tried to stop a 2001 Hyundai near the 340 exit on Interstate 69 early Sunday on suspicion that the driver was intoxicated. The driver did not yield after the deputy turned on his light bar. Instead, the deputy reported, the driver left the interstate, drove east to DeKalb County Road 31 and turned south onto that road. The deputy said the driver he was chasing continued increasing his speed on the gravel road.

As the chased vehicle approached County Road 4, it ran off the west side of the road and smacked into a 1999 Mercury Marquis in the driveway of a home at that intersection. That Marquis was then shoved into a 2003 Ford Ranger pickup in the same driveway.

After the impact, the Hyundai being chased by the deputy spun and rolled through the intersection. It came to rest on its wheels, partially on the west side of County Road 31. Adang was thrown from the Hyundai in the course of the crash, the sheriff's department reported.

The Hyundai and the Mercury both were totaled in the crash, according to the sheriff's department. The Ford pickup had $5,000-$10,000 in damage.