Markle police pursuit ends in a Fort Wayne pond

An SUV is partially submerged in a pond after a police pursuit in Markle ended in Fort Wayne Tuesday night.
An SUV is partially submerged in a pond after a police pursuit in Markle ended in Fort Wayne Tuesday night.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A man fleeing from Markle police led them on a pursuit into Fort Wayne before crashing into a pond at Coventry Court West apartments.

According to sources close to the investigation, a Markle police officer responded to a report of someone using counterfeit money at a business. As the officer was talking with someone about the incident they pointed to a man in a vehicle.

Sources said as the officer approached the vehicle the man took off.

Around 11 p.m. a police pursuit began which led officers north on I-69 from Huntington County. The man exited the interstate onto Illinois Road in Fort Wayne before eventually getting onto Getz Road. The man then drove down Lois Lane and into the Time Corners Crossing Apartments. Once he reached the back of the apartment complex the man left the parking lot and crashed through a privacy fence. The vehicle went up a hill and then into a pond on the property of Coventry Court West.

A Markle police vehicle sits next to a privacy fence that a suspect drove through before crashing into a pond on the other side.
A Markle police vehicle sits next to a privacy fence that a suspect drove through before crashing into a pond on the other side.

Fort Wayne police were prepared to use stop sticks on I-69 but information on whether or not they were deployed was not available early Wednesday morning.

The Fort Wayne Fire Department was called to assist with a water rescue. However, rescuers never found anyone inside the vehicle except a dog.

Animal Care and Control was called to take the dog, which did not appear injured.

Firefighters searched the pond for several hours and never found anyone.

A suspect description was not available and police were not sure if anyone besides the driver was in the vehicle.

It’s unclear if the vehicle was stolen.

The incident is under investigation.

 

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