Police pursuit reaches 100+ mph


LAGRANGE COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) – An attempted traffic stop led to a pursuit early Thursday morning that started in Noble County and ended in LaGrange County with speeds of over 100 mph.

According to court documents, a white object and several coffee filters were thrown out the suspect’s window during the pursuit.  Police say the filters are commonly used when making meth.

Police report that it all started when an Indiana State Trooper tried to pull over a white ’98 Ford Taurus in Kendallville.  The driver, Mark J. Frye, allegedly wasn’t wearing his seat belt.

From there, court documents said Frye and his passenger took off north through an Arby’s parking lot, over a grassy area near an apartment complex, and up Angling Road.

The State Trooper followed Frye east on 1000 North and then north on State Road 3, where Frye’s vehicle is said to have reached more than 100 miles per hour.  The suspect dodged several stop sticks and eventually went off road in a small residential area near South Milford.

Court documents say Frye bailed out of his vehicle and tried to run away into a wooded area, but police quickly caught him and took him into custody.

Initial reports on the LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department’s Facebook page said the passenger, Katrina Kelly, was also taken into custody. According to the post, they were both taken back to Noble County.

Frye faces two felony charges of resisting law enforcement with a motor vehicle.  One charge is out of Noble County and another charge is out of LaGrange County.  He also faces a slew of infractions for the incident.

As of Thursday afternoon, Kelly hadn’t received any charges in Noble County for the incident.  No drug-related charges have yet been filed in Noble County.

Agencies involved in the pursuit included: Indiana State Police, LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department, Kendallville, Avilla, Lagrange, Shipshewana, and Wolcottville Police Departments.

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