A high speed chase last week through Noble and Whitley Counties, which led to a collision that damaged two police cars, resulted in the arrest of a Fort Wayne man.
David R. Cross, 26, faces charges of Resisting Law Enforcement and Reckless Driving after the pursuit, which began just before 10 p.m. Wednesday, June 25. Cross allegedly fled when Deputy Shane Coney tried to pull him over on SR 9, near Baseline Road. Coney clocked the 2004 Honda that Cross was driving at 95 mph, according to the Noble County Sheriff's Department.
The vehicle turned east on Baseline Road at a high rate of speed. As more officers joined the pursuit it went north on CR 75E into Albion, then west on Weber Road, before going south on SR 9 again. Police lost sight of it for a short time, but an alert area resident noticed it heading south and alerted police to its location. Whitley County police tried to put Stop Sticks down in front of the car to flatten its tires, but the driver managed to evade them and lose his pursuers again.
Not long after, another citizen saw the Honda eastbound on Whitley CR 500N, and it was spotted again on Lincolnway in Columbia City.
There police again lost the car, which reportedly drove at speeds in excess of 100 mph, but it left something behind when it veered off the road and struck an embankment along 75E. Police recovered a piece of molding from an inner wheel well, giving them information about the type of vehicle. Albion Officer Trince Hursey recalled seeing a similar vehicle speeding through town about a month earlier, and later found it parked at a local industry. Police checked there and found Cross's damaged Honda.
Cross was taken into custody and transported to the Noble County Jail, where he was held on bond.
During the pursuit an Albion Police cruiser and a Noble County Sheriff's patrol car were damaged when they collided at Main and Orange Streets. The front end of the APD car and the passenger side of the NCSD vehicle received an estimated $5,000 damage or more, but neither officer was injured.
A NCSD news release praised citizens who called in tips, and work between the officers involved, for leading to the arrest of the suspect. Units assisted on the chase from the Noble, Whitley, and Kosciusko County Sheriff's Departments, Albion, Avilla, Churubusco, Columbia City, and Ligonier Police Departments, Indiana State Police, and State Excise Police.