Motorcyclist crashes while fleeing police

The Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department provided a mug shot of Joseph Lee Stewart from a previous arrest.
The Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department provided a mug shot of Joseph Lee Stewart from a previous arrest.

WATERLOO, Ind. (WANE) – Police in Waterloo said a motorcyclist crashed into a pickup truck after speeding away from an officer who had turned on his emergency lights. He remained in critical condition the day after the crash.

According to the police report, an officer saw motorcyclist, Joseph L. Stewart, speeding on Center Street near the Intersection of Maple Street in Waterloo just after 8 p.m. on Sunday.

The officer turned on his emergency lights and turned his car around, while doing this he saw Stewart slow down and then speed back up through a stop sign, hitting a pickup truck. The driver of the pickup truck was not injured in the accident. Police did apprehend Stewart at the scene of the crash. He complained of injuries to his left side and was taken to a hospital in Fort Wayne.

Stewart told police that his speed before braking at the intersection, where the accident occurred, was 140 mph. Brake marks could be seen for one block.

Stewart had a suspended license and police learned that he had a warrant out for his arrest out of Kosciusko County, according to the report on the crash. Stewart faces charges of resisting law enforcement, reckless driving, and driving while suspended.

The motorcycle Stewart was driving was totaled and the pickup sustained an estimated $3,000 worth of damage. As of 3 p.m. Monday, Stewart’s condition was stable.

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