Man leads police on high speed chase through downtown

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The Fort Wayne Police Department arrested a man after he led them on a chase. According to court documents, he was also driving while intoxicated.

On May 1 at about 3:40 a.m., a police officer was driving northbound on Lafayette Street when Michael Billingsley, 31, was seen swerving in and out of the lanes, according to the affidavit for probable cause.

The officer attempted to make a traffic stop as Billingsley pulled into a parking lot, but Billingsley didn’t stop and continued through the parking lot then went eastbound on Jefferson Blvd.

According to the report, he led police on a chase going about 60 mph. While trying to make a turn onto Harmar Street, Billingsley temporarily lost control of his vehicle and hit a street sign.

He drove on and police continued to chase him for several blocks reaching speeds of about 85 mph.

Billingsley eventually hit a large sign post on Anthony Boulevard and stopped. He got out of the car and started running through an open field. The police officer said he saw Billingsley emptying his pockets as he ran away.

The officer found a plastic bag containing 2.3 grams of marijuana.

He is facing the following charges:

  • One count of Resisting Law Enforcement, Class D felony
  • One count of Possession of Marijuana, Class D felony
  • One count of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated, Class A misdemeanor
  • One count of Driving While Suspended, Class A misdemeanor
  • One count of Failure to Stop After Accident, Class A misdemeanor

Billingsley had a blood alcohol content of 0.18 percent. The legal limit in Indiana is .08 percent. His first court hearing will be May 9.

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