FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - Jed Johnson captured cell phone video of a low-speed chase between almost a dozen Fort Wayne police cruisers and a man on a moped. The chase lasted almost an hour, topping out at about 25 miles an hour. Since then, the video he submitted to NewsChannel 15 has been getting national attention.
Watch Johnson's video of the pursuit at the top of the page (Now with audio)
Around 10:15 Friday night, Johnson says he and a friend were at the Rally's on South Anthony Blvd. when they saw a man on a moped followed by several Fort Wayne police cruisers with sirens blaring. Several minutes later the pursuit came around again. He says he took a video as he and a crowd cheered on the moped driver.
"There was probably like five of us standing out here and we were cheering and [the moped driver] was showing off a little bit," Johnson said. "It’s crazy. I couldn’t even believe it was happening. I’ve never seen anything like that. I don’t know how he possibly thought he could get away on a scooter you know."
At least 10 police cruisers followed the man on the moped. Mike Joyner, public information officer with FWPD, explained why officers followed the moped driver for almost an hour around a large section of southeast Fort Wayne.
"We can’t deploy deflation devices for obvious reasons. They’re going to lose control and possibly injure themselves significantly so we just followed the pursuit until such a time it ended," Joyner said. "His antics made the moped operator sideswipe a vehicle. As a result, [he] lost control of his moped and crashed it."
According to the police report, the pursuit speed topped out around 20 to 25 miles per hour. The moped driver is identified as Lagrant Smith, 40.
Police said Smith got off his moped and attempted to run away, but officers used a stun gun on him and arrested the man.Smith faces the following charges:
- Resisting law enforcement in a vehicle with injury to an officer
- Resisting law enforcement
- Leaving the scene of a property damage accident
- Criminal recklessness
- Reckless driving
- Possession of marijuana
Police say Smith is facing a theft charge because the moped he was driving was stolen.
As of Monday afternoon, Smith was being held in the Allen County jail on a $9,000 bond.
Johnson's video has appeared on websites across the country. Joyner said he had a reporter from New York City call him Monday.
Johnson used Report!t to send in the video.
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