ADAMS COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) – A multi-county police pursuit ended with a vehicle crashed off the road into a wooded ditch early Wednesday morning.
Joe Gil and Anais Covarrubias both face multiple charges related to the incident.
Police officials said the chase started in Fort Wayne near Oxford Street and Weisser Park around 12:45 a.m.
An officer with the Fort Wayne Police Department found a vehicle there that had been reported stolen. When the officer tried to stop the vehicle, the driver took off.
The vehicle eventually turned onto U.S. 27 and headed south. The driver continued all the way into Adams County until Adams County Sheriff’s deputies were able to use stop sticks to flatten the car’s tires.
Gil called police during the chase stating there was a child in the car and he would deliberately crash if the chase continued.
Shortly after that, the car went off the road and into a wooded area in a ditch just south of 850 N, near Decatur.
After the crash, police said Gil, who was driving, got out and ran into the woods on foot and hid from officers. Covarrubias, who stayed in the car told police Gil had taken off with her 4-year-old step-son.
An Adams County K-9 unit responded and quickly tracked Gil down. Police officials said he fought officers while being arrested, but they eventually took him into custody without anyone being injured. No child was found with Gil and police determined there never was a child inside the car.
Police took both suspects back to Fort Wayne where detectives conducted interviews to determine what charges would be appropriate.
Gil faces charges of resisting law enforcement, interfering with police, warrants and auto theft. Covarrubias faces charges of possession of paraphernalia, interfering with police, possession of a controlled substance, auto theft and false reporting.
The pursuit involved officers from the Fort Wayne Police Department, Allen County Sheriff’s Department, Adams County Sheriff’s Department, and Decatur Police Department.
The incident is under investigation.