UPDATED: Driver found in Allen County after fleeing from traffic stop and check for drugs, DeKalb County police say
Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect the driver’s arrest and to correct his name.
A driver stopped on Interstate 69 early Wednesday morning ran away after a DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department canine alerted his handler to a narcotic odor, according to Sgt. Todd McCormick. Police found him later Wednesday morning in Allen County.
Police stopped a man they identified as Ivan Jaimes Molina, 23, of Fort Meade, Fla., at the 322 mile marker of I-69 southbound for a speed violation, according to McCormick.
According to McCormick the following occurred:
The deputy deployed his canine for a vehicle sniff of the Chrysler 300 and saw the dog gave a positive alert for the presence of narcotic odor. Police allegedly found two round objects heavily wrapped in plastic in the truck. As the deputy was inspecting the packages, Jaimes Molina lunged at him and pushed him back. Jaimes Molina then ran off but police couldn’t find him. The powder will be analyzed at a state lab.
Police contacted the Fort Wayne, Auburn, and Garrett police and Allen County and Noble County sheriff’s departments to be on the lookout for Jaimes Molina.
At 7:45 a.m., Fort Wayne Police and Allen County Sheriff’s officers were dispatched to the 319 mile marker where a person was seen hitchhiking, according to Chief Don Lauer. The man ran from an Indiana Conservation and Fort Wayne Police officers through a field and escaped into a wooded area. Police set up a perimeter and found Jaimes Molina hiding in a barn in the 14000 block of Auburn Road, where they arrested him without incident, according to Lauer.
Jaimes Molina reportedly had cuts that get got from a barbed-wire fence during his escape.
Jaimes Molina is charged with resisting law enforcement and battery to a law enforcement officer.