Two suspects allegedly chased by law enforcement officers from DeKalb County into Allen County were arrested Thursday afternoon after they were tracked through a woods by police dogs.
The driver of the vehicle faces misdemeanor and Class D felony charges; the passenger was arrested on an existing warrant but has no new charges based on this episode, according to a news release from the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department.
The chase began mid-afternoon, when DeKalb deputies were dispatched to DeKalb County Road 35 northbound from County Road 68 in reference to a possible intoxicated driver.
Deputies caught up with the vehicle on DeKalb County Road 31 at Auburn Drive, they reported. The driver did not stop, they said, and deputies chased the vehicle from Auburn through Spencerville and Harlan. The vehicle went out of control and went off the road at Ryan Road and Edgerton Road, east of New Haven. Two male suspects fled the vehicle going northeast into a wooded area, deputies reported, and officers set up a perimeter and located both suspects with the use of police dogs.
The alleged driver of the vehicle, Tyler R. Morris of Ossian, was driving while suspended, deputies said in the release, adding that officers located a handgun in the vehicle and found that the vehicle was
reported stolen out of Allen County.
Morris was preliminarily charged with resisting law enforcement through the use of a vehicle, a Class D felony; receiving stolen property, a Class D felony; carrying a handgun without a license, Class A
misdemeanor; and possession of synthetic drug, a Class A misdemeanor; possession of paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor; and reckless driving, a Class B misdemeanor. He was taken to the DeKalb County Jail.
The passenger of the vehicle faced no charges based on the chase, but he was jailed in DeKalb County for failing to appear on a previous charge.
The DeKalb Sheriff's Dept was assisted by the Fort Wayne Police Department, Allen County Police Department, New Haven Police Department, Indiana State
Police, New Haven EMS, and New Haven Fire Department.