Police: Driver in pursuit had ‘near lethal’ BAC

A police pursuit came to an end at the intersection of Clinton Street and Creighton Ave. early Sunday morning.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) A reportedly heavily drunken man was hospitalized early Sunday morning after a police pursuit.

The chain of incidents apparently started at the intersection of South Calhoun Street and Tillman Road. Someone called to report a crash. The suspect, though, drove off.

A few minutes later, a car matching the description of a Buick SUV was spotted in the area. An officer attempted to pull the vehicle over, but the driver continued on, starting a pursuit, according to police.

The car involved in a police pursuit early Sunday came to a stop the wrong way on S. Clinton Street.

At some point during the chase, the driver steered the car onto South Clinton Street from Lafayette Street, sending it the wrong way. Officers used stop sticks to flatten the vehicle’s tires near Reservoir Park, south of Creighton Avenue, police said.

Police told NewsChannel 15 the driver refused to leave the car after it came to a stop. After attempts to coax the man out, police used a “chemical agent” before pulling him out.

The driver – identified Monday as 66-year-old David W. Hansen of Fort Wayne – was taken to the hospital in critical condition, but was later upgraded to serious condition. Police at the scene could not verify if the injuries were medical, crash or pursuit related.

Police spokesman Sgt. Michael Joyner said Monday that Hansen had a blood alcohol content of .3 percent, more than three times the legal limit and nearly lethal. Joyner said Hansen’s high intoxication level masked his condition at the scene.

Traffic was restricted around the intersection of S. Clinton Street and Creighton Avenue while police investigated the incident.