Chase ends in retention pond; 3 arrested

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Three Indiana men were arrested Wednesday night after reportedly taking police on a three-county chase from a fast food drive-through to a Michigan retention pond.

Around 10:30 p.m. Steuben County Deputies were called to the Wendy’s restaurant at the Pilot truck stop at 6900 N. Old 27 in Steuben County on a report of three intoxicated people in a Pontiac in the drive-thru. When deputies arrived in the area, they found the vehicle heading southbound on Old 27 and then onto C.R. 700 North, according to a police report.

A sheriff’s deputy tried to pull over the vehicle – a 2003 Pontiac – after it reportedly committed several traffic violations, but it did not stop and instead led deputies into Lagrange County and eventually into Sturgis, Michigan, the report said.

The chase ended when the vehicle crashed through a gate and drove into a retention pond at the Sturgis Michigan Waste Water Treatment Plant, police said. No one was hurt.

The driver of the vehicle was identified as 27-year-old Travis Fitch of Fremont. The passengers were identified as James Scott, 41, of Kendallville and Brandon Shockley, 30, of Muncie.

The Pontiac turned out to be reported stolen out of Hillsdale, Michigan.

Inside the vehicle, police found methamphetamine, marijuana and open containers, according to police.

Fitch was charged with numerous felonies including fleeing and eluding, possession of meth with intent to distribute and possession of a stolen vehicle, as well as a misdemeanor charge of operating while intoxicated under the influence of drugs and other drug and property crimes. Scott was charged wtih drug offenses    and outstanding warrants. Shockley, meanwhile, was cited and released for
misdemeanor charges.

 The case remains under investigation.   

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