Police: Drunk driver shot at men before causing fatal crash

Jeremy D. Washington Mug Shot courtesy the Allen County Sheriff's Department.
Jeremy D. Washington Mug Shot courtesy the Allen County Sheriff's Department.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The man police said sped away from a shooting at a Fort Wayne bar early Saturday morning, running a red light and killing a 17-year-old student, is facing new charges.  Jeremy D. Washington, 35, is now facing eight charges, including reckless homicide and causing death while operating a motor vehicle.

NewsChannel 15 has learned new details in what happened at the bar prior to the fatal crash.

According to an affidavit for probable cause, Washington and a friend got into a fight with three other men inside of Corner Pocket Pub, located on St. Joe Road. A bar security guard told all of the men to leave.

One of the men told police as they were leaving the bar’s parking lot, Washington used his car to block them in. He said Washington then fired several shots, shattering the car’s glass windows.

Police said the front seat passenger, Chad Jackson, was shot in the neck. He was driven to the hospital by his friends.

Jackson was listed in serious but stable condition and a doctor told police the bullet missed his major arteries.

According to the probable cause, Washington told police that group of men shot at him first. Washington said that’s when he pulled out his gun and shot at their car “just to scare them away.”

Following the shooting, investigators said Washington sped away from the bar and ran a red light at the intersection of Stellhorn Road and Hobson Road shortly before midnight.

Washington’s car hit 17-year-old Haley Nellum’s car driving eastbound on Stellhorn Road, crushing the driver’s side door and causing her car to roll over. Nellum was pronounced dead at the scene.

Nellum was a guard on the varsity girl’s basketball team at Bishop Dwenger High School. Nellum’s mother told NewsChannel 15 on Sunday that her daughter had only had her license for eight days and was coming home from a friend’s house when she was killed.

Family and friends remember Haley Nellum who was killed by a drunk driver Saturday morning.
Family and friends remember Haley Nellum who was killed by a drunk driver Saturday morning.

Washington told police he was fleeing from the men he was involved in a fight with and that he knew the light was red when he entered the intersection.

Washington refused a breathalyzer test at the hospital, so officers did a blood test. He had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .15. The legal limit in Indiana is .08.

According to court documents, Washington told police he had two beers and a long island that night.

Police said when Washington was being interviewed after the crash he said, “I did not think I was drunk.”

According to court documents, as of Monday, Washington is facing the following charges:

  • Aggravated Battery (injury causes protracted loss or impairment), a class B felony
  • Criminal Recklessness-Use of Deadly Weapon and Inflicts SBI on Another, a class C felony
  • Criminal Recklessness – Committed While Armed w/ Deadly Weapon, a class D felony
  • Criminal Recklessness – Committed While Armed w/ Deadly Weapon, a class D felony
  • Causing Death When Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated, a class C felony
  • Causing Death When Operating a Motor Vehicle with an ACE of .08 or More, a class C felony
  • Reckless Homicide, a class C felony
  • Criminal Recklessness-Use of Deadly Weapon and Inflicts SBI on Another, a class C felony

Washington will be in court on Thursday, April 3.

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