Multi-county chase ends in a crash north of Fort Wayne, 2 taken into custody


ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) — A suspect took police on a chase through multiple northeast Indiana counties on Tuesday before eventually crashing the vehicle in northern Allen County.

At approximately 3 p.m., Troopers from the Indiana State Bremen Post became involved in what would turn into an hour long vehicle pursuit, running across four different counties and involve a number of police agencies. The incident began after ISP Bremen troopers report attempting to stop a black Toyota Camry. The vehicle was occupied by a fugitive wanted out of Fulton County on a felony warrant, and another occupant being in possession of a handgun and assault rifle as a serious violent felon, the press release said.

The vehicle first fled from troopers in the area of SR 13 near Syracuse in Kosciusko County, troopers report.  Initially running north towards Elkhart County, then traversing several county roads back down to the Lake Wawasee area and then over into Noble County.

Once in Noble, the suspects led police down US 33 towards Churubusco at speeds of up to 100mph, throwing bags of items out the windows along the way, and also tossing out a handgun that was recovered by a trooper. The vehicle turned east onto SR 205 the pursuit ran over into DeKalb County towards Auburn.

A deputy with the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department reports being able to successfully deploy stop sticks on SR 205 at CR 60, deflating at least one tire. This deflated tire would eventually end the chase. While in Auburn the vehicle ran off road through a fence behind the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Museum property, then came back on road and headed southbound on CR 427 into Allen County. 

While on CR 427 or Tonkel Road, just south of Hollopeter Road, after running off road and into the side ditch, the suspect lost control of his vehicle and overturned onto its side.

Pursuing officers quickly took the driver, Ricky Johnson, 40, of Warsaw, and Angela Rogers, 37, of Rochester into custody. Officers report realizing there was third occupant still trapped in the overturned wreckage. Officers were able to flip the car back over onto its wheels, at which time the third occupant was also taken into custody.

All three people in the vehicle were transported from the scene by ambulance to an area hospital for medical evaluation. 

After further investigation, the third passenger was released from custody without charges.  Both Johnson and Rogers, after release from the hospital, were transported back to Kosciusko County where they were incarcerated on numerous related charges.

Ricky A. Johnson, 40, Warsaw is facing charges of:

  • Resisting Law Enforcement, Lev 6 Felony
  • Possession of Hypodermic Syringe, Lev 6 Felony
  • Possession of Handgun by Serious Violent Felon, Level 4 Felony
  • Reckless Driving, Misdemeanor

Angela C. Rogers, 37, Rochester is facing charges of:

  • Possession of Hypodermic Syringe, Level 6 Felony
  • Warrant hold for Fulton County, Assault Charge, Felony

There is no further information available at this time.

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