Train helps halt 120 mph police chase

Ali Naqi (Photo courtesy: Allen County Sheriff's Department)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Police said a train at the intersection of Engle and Tielker Roads helped stop a 120 mph police chase Monday night.

According to an affidavit for probable cause, a Fort Wayne Police Department officer saw Ali Naqi, 21, of Fort Wayne, speeding eastbound in the 7900-block of West Jefferson Boulevard Monday night around 11:30. The officer said Naqi was going 60 mph in a 45 mph zone.

Police said when the officer attempted to pull Naqi’s car over, he sped up in an attempt to avoid the officer. Naqi turned east on Engle Road, driving 113 mph, while the officer continued to chase him. Police said pursuit speeds topped out at 120 mph.

According to police, Naqi slowed down as he approached the intersection of Engle Road and Ardmore Avenue. A train just east of the Engle and Tielker Roads intersection was blocking the road. Police said Naqi turned onto Tielker and attempted to accelerate, but almost lost control of his car due to the icy roads.

The officer was then able to pull Naqi over. Naqi was arrested without further incident.

Three other people were in the car with Naqi during the pursuit, according to police. One passenger told the officer he told Naqi to stop several times during the pursuit.

Police found a stun gun in Naqi’s glove box. According to court documents, Naqi does not have a handgun permit.

Naqi was charged with Resisting Law Enforcement, Reckless Driving, and Carrying a Handgun without a License. He was also cited for speeding, expired plates, and not having a valid operator’s license when required, according to police.

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