Arrest made after 3-county high-speed chase


WELLS COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) — A Bluffton man was arrested Thursday night after a high-speed chase.

It was around 10:30 p.m. when an Indiana State Police trooper on patrol in Markle noticed what appeared to be “criminal drug activity” at a local gas station.

The trooper began to follow a suspect vehicle from the gas station and found the license plate on the red Acura was fake. At that point, the trooper pulled the vehicle over along Marzane Road near C.R. 700 North.

As the trooper got out of his squad car, the driver – later identified as Trenton Anthony Irelan, 30, of Bluffton – sped off toward the town of Zanesville.

Police chased the Acura out of Wells County and into Allen County at speeds up to 100 mph, a release said. Officers tried to deflate the vehicle’s tires but the effort failed.

The pursuit continued through Waynedale, through the south side of Fort Wayne along the Paulding Road corridor, north on Minnich Road into New Haven, then back westbound through downtown Fort Wayne and west on Illinois Road. State police said Fort Wayne and New Haven police worked to block traffic in several areas.

Police were successfully able to deflate three of the Acura’s tires but it continued westbound on Illinois Road on its rims at 30-40 mph, police said. The vehicle eventually made its way into Whitley County, where a final set of stop sticks at S.R. 14 and County Line Road deflated the final tire.

Police performed a felony stop around 11:30 p.m. and Irelan was taken into custody.

Irelan was arrested and booked into the Wells County Jail on charges of:

  • Resisting Law Enforcement, Level 6 Felony
  • Operating While Being a Habitiual Traffic Violator (HTV), Level 6 Felony
  • Possession of Controlled Substance, Level C Misd
  • Reckless Driving, Level C Misd

The Indiana State Police were assisted in this vehicle pursuit by officers from the Allen County Police Department, Fort Wayne Police Department, New Haven Police Department, and Whitley County Sheriff’s Department.

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