Police pursuit ends with crash into creek

Rescue workers attempt to get a driver out of a vehicle that crashed into a creek on Westbrook Drive on Mar. 18, 2017.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A man who would not stop for police during a pursuit Saturday evening crashed into the creek on Westbrook Drive by West State Boulevard.

FWPD Spokesman Officer Jason Anthony said officers were notified at 8:52 p.m. about a suspicious person driving around the parking lot at Dana on West State Boulevard.

An officer attempted to make contact with the man, but Anthony said the driver made a “rude gesture” and drove away.

The officer followed the vehicle at a slow speed east on West State Boulevard and attempted to make a traffic stop. The driver did not stop and continued down State at a slow speed.

Anthony said officers deployed stop sticks, which the driver ran over.

As the driver attempted to turn onto Westbrook Boulevard, Anthony said the man drove the grass, hit a light pole, and crashed into the creek.

Officers on scene were not able to get the man out of the truck. The Fort Wayne Fire Department along with the dive team needed nearly 30 minutes to remove the man from the cab of the truck.

The driver was taken to a hospital in serious condition.

Anthony said investigators believe alcohol was a contributing factor to the pursuit and crash.

The name of the driver has not been released.

The incident is under investigation.

West State Blvd. was closed between North Clinton and Wells Street for around an hour while crews cleaned up and investigated.