Man leads New Haven police on off-road pursuit

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) — A 26-year-old is facing charges after leading New Haven police on an off-road pursuit that resulted in the discovery of synthetic drugs in his car.

Officers said they were called about a suspicious person in a silver Pontiac in the 10000 bock of Graystone Cove around 1 a.m. on Tuesday. The caller said the person seemed to be under the influence of some kind of drug, and said the man told them “something had died in his vehicle.”

Police found the car in the 4000 block of Pebble Way and attempted to stop him. He refused to pull over and lead police on a pursuit where he went off-road near Bookcliff Cove and drove all the way to the Cameron Court Apartments.

He continued to travel off-road until driving into a ditch near Graystone Cove. The car landed vertically in the ditch, and the man was not able to exit the vehicle. The fire department extricated him from the car.

The man was identified as 26-year-old Jared Starkey, who was taken into custody and transported to a local hospital to check for injuries.

Police say they found a bag containing what appeared to be synthetic drugs under Starkey as he was removed from the vehicle.

Starkey was later released from the hospital and transported to the Allen County Jail. He was arrested on charges of resisting law enforcement, possession of synthetic drug, driving while suspended prior, and was cited for various traffic violations.

Jazlynn Bebout

Jazlynn Bebout

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