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Man in custody after police chase on Hessen Cassel Road ends in crash at gas station

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) — A Fort Wayne man is in custody after a police pursuit ended in a crash Sunday night.

The Fort Wayne Police Department said detectives investigating recent shots-fired investigations noticed a vehicle that matched the suspect vehicle description.

When detectives tried to pull the driver over for a traffic infraction, Travious Shepard instead led officers on a vehicle pursuit.

The chase went northbound on Hessen Cassel Road past Senate Avenue, where an officer used a tire deflation device to end the pursuit. Police say Shepard tried to swerve to miss the device but deflated two tires.

Shepard lost control, hitting the Shell Gas Station sign at the intersection of McKinnie Avenue and Hessen Cassel Road.

Shepard and his passenger were transported to a local hospital in serious condition, but have since upgraded to non-life-threatening condition.

Shepard was taken into custody on preliminary charges of resisting law enforcement and possessing a handgun without a license. The passenger will not face charges.

Jacob Burbrink

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