Two arrested after police chase ended with truck stuck in mud

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) — Two people were arrested after leading police on a chase that ended when the suspect’s truck got stuck in the mud.

Police say they were patrolling the area of East Rudisill Boulevard and South Hanna Street around 12:25 a.m. Thursday morning when they saw a dark colored Dodge Durango they believe had a stolen license plate.

Police attempted to pull the truck over when they said the driver began to flee, ensuing a police chase.

Officers say the truck ended up near Autumn Lane and Oxford Street when it left the roadway and knocked down a metal fence. The truck then became stuck in the mud and the driver and passenger exited the vehicle.

Police say the driver, 31-year-old Christopher A. Zerler, took off running and his passenger, 38-year-old Brandy Howard, was ordered ground. Officers later located Zerler laying on the ground between bushes and trees in McMillen Park and was taken into custody.

Howard told police the driver pulled out a weapon when they were driving and put it behind the seat. Police then found that Howard had an active warrant out for her arrest. Howard was preliminarily charged with possession of methamphetamine.

Zerler was preliminarily charged with felon carrying a handgun, possession of methamphetamine, using a vehicle to resist law enforcement, fleeing law enforcement and leaving the scene of an accident.


Jazlynn Bebout

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