Man who fled shooting, hit teen now charged with attempted murder

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 Fort Wayne man accused of driving drunk and causing a fatal accident while speeding away from a shooting is now facing attempted murder charges as well as reckless homicide.

According to previous information from police and police reports, Jeremy D. Washington, 35, got into a fight that escalated to a shooting with three others at a the Corner Pocket Pub on St. Joe Road in the early morning hours of March 29. Washington is accused of using his car to block the three others in the parking lot before shooting at them. One person, Chad Jackson, was shot in the neck but the bullet missed a major artery and he was last reported to be in serious condition.

Washington claimed the group of men shot at him first and he then shot at the other car “just to scare them away.” As he was fleeing the shooting, Washington ran a red light at the intersection of Stellhorn and Hobson Roads. His car hit 17-year-old Haley Nellum’s car, crushing the driver’s side door and causing her car to roll over. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

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. 

As of Thursday morning, Washington faces the following charges:

  • Attempt Murder
  • Attempt Murder
  • Attempt Murder
  • Aggravated Battery (injury causes protracted loss or impairment)
  • Reckless Homicide
  • Causing Death When Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated
  • Causing Serious Bodily Injury when Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated

Washington was previously facing four counts of  criminal recklessness along with the charges related to the hitting and killing of Nellum. The charges against him were adjusted when he was formally charged during a hearing on Thursday.

Washington bonded out of jail after being charged.

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