FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Police chased a reported shoplifting suspect through northeast-side streets mid-afternoon Tuesday before deploying stop-sticks and crashing the suspect’s vehicle.
Around 2:30 p.m., workers at the Meijer store at Maysville Road reported a shoplifting there. Shortly thereafter, an off-duty officer spotted a car that matched the description and tried to pull it over.
Instead, it sped away.
Police chased the car through the city’s northeast side, from Maysville through the Georgetown area to the State and Coliseum boulevards area, reaching speeds upwards of 60 mph, police said, so high in fact that officers considered calling it off for fear it was unsafe for the public.
The suspect’s vehicle hit at least two other vehicles while fleeing from police in the area of State and Reed.
The chase eventually veered into the State and Inwood intersection, where officers used stop-sticks to stop the vehicle and it eventually crashed.
A woman told Newschannel 15 police then ordered the driver to put his hands up. Two men and a woman were inside the vehicle.
Three people were taken from the scene with injuries, dispatchers told Newschannel 15. It’s unclear, though, whether those people were from the chase vehicle or other motorists or pedestrians.
A small fire broke out in the suspect’s car after it crashed but fire crews were able to put it out quickly.
The area, including heavily traveled State and Coliseum boulevards, was closed to traffic as police investigated and cleared the scene.
Police Chief Garry Hamilton and Public Safety Director Rusty York were both called to the scene to help investigate.
Newschannel 15 will update this story as more information becomes available.