Mark Hunter (ozma914) wrote,
Mark Hunter

news from the Albion 'hood

It's usually a very quiet town ... really, it is.

That explains the low flying airplane I heard roar by my house:

Police are searching for a driver who led them on a high speed pursuit through Noble and Whitley Counties early Saturday.

The incident began at 1:48 a.m., when police received a report of a reckless driver who almost hit another vehicle in the parking lot of Gas America, in Ligonier. The suspect, driving a black Honda S200 convertable, was last seen driving east on US 6 at a high rate of speed, accrding to the Noble County Sheriff's Department.

About ten minutes later Sheriff's Department deputy Chris Moriarity located the vehicle southbound on SR 9 from US 6, but it fled when he tried to pull it over.

An Albion Police officer clocked the Honda at a speed of 110 mph as it rocketed through the 25 mph zone in downtown Albion, despite the fact that pursuing units fell back out of concern for traffic in town.

Police continued to try and stop the vehicle, but lost sight of it near SR 9 and US 33, in Merriam. They alerted Whitley County authorities, and at 2:07 a.m. Noble County deputy Brandon Chordas found it as it turned from Pressler Street, near Tri-Lakes in Whitley County, back onto SR 9.

The chase resumed again, continuing at triple digit speed, and the car was allegedly going well over 100 mph when it hit Stop Sticks dropped by police at about 2:08 a.m. The driver still continued on, but fled on foot when the car lost a tire near Whitley CR 400 N.

The driver fled on foot into a cornfield, and despite a 45 minute effort by members of several police departments using K-9 dogs, he was not located.

Witnesses from the original complaint gave a detailed description of the driver, who had the top down on the Honda, and numerous charges are pending against him. The suspect is described as a white male, about 6 feet high and weighing around 155 pounds, with blond hair and green eyes. The vehicle is reportedly registered to Clinton D. Pleasant, of Pierceton.

No injuries were reported, although a Noble County Sheriff's Department patrol car had to be towed away along with the suspect vehicle due to mechanical problems.

Police units in the incident came from both Sheriff's Departments, the Albion, Ligonier, Avilla, and Columbia City Police Departments, and the Indiana State Police.

I was company officer on the first engine in to a house fire early Friday, but since I was expecting a primary search and possible victims, the call turned out to be kind of anticlimactic:

Fire early Thursday damaged a home on the west side of Albion.

Albion Police officer Chad Jacob, who's also a volunteer firefighter, discovered the blaze at 505 W. Walnut Street while on routine patrol at 2 a.m., according to the Noble County Sheriff's Department. Because two vehicles were parked at the residence, Jacob and Sheriff's Deputy Carey Coney kicked in a door and attempted to check for victims, but were kept from entering by heat and heavy smoke.

When firefighters were able to enter they found flames that had mostly died down, and no sign of any occupants. No injuries were reported.

The fire is believed to have started in a bathroom, and caused heavy damage to that room as well as heat and smoke damage throughout the one story wood frame residence. Firefighters quickly extinguished the smoldering blaze and used fans to ventilate the smoke.

The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.

Four Albion fire units and eighteen firefighters were on the scene for just over an hour, along with Albion Police, Sheriff's Department units, and the Noble County EMS.
Tags: albion, firefighting

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