On Tuesday, September 5, just after 2:00 a.m., Deputy James Dulin with the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office observed a white Chevrolet Silverado in the area of 1125 W. and 800 N. in Fulton County. Deputy Dulin initiated a traffic stop but the vehicle fled at a high rate of speed.

As the vehicle approached a curve in the road in the area of 1100 E. and 675 S. in Starke County, the vehicle left the road and crashed before catching fire. Two male occupants fled from the vehicle into a wooded area and the rear passenger, a female was detained. Deputy Dulin deployed his K-9, Agi, and made verbal announcements. The two males that fled surrendered after the K-9 announcements were made. The driver was identified as Peter Dancy, 49, from Rochester. The male passenger was identified as Tyler Kimbler, 27, from Newberry, MI, and the he female passenger was identified as Constancia Pena, 27, from Argos.

As a result of the accident, Mr. Dancy was flown from the scene by Lutheran Air to South Bend Memorial Hospital for treatment of his injuries. The extent of his injuries and current condition are unknown at this time. Mr. Kimbler was transported to Northwest Health-Starke Hospital for treatment. The extent of his injuries and current condition are unknown at this time. Ms. Pena was released from the scene.

This incident is still under investigation and a report will be sent to the Fulton & Starke County Prosecutor’s Office for review of potential charges.

Assisting with the incident were Indiana State Police, Starke County Sheriff’s Office, Starke County EMS, Bass Lake Fire Department, and Lutheran Air Helicopter

Readers are reminded that charging information supported by an affidavit of probable cause is merely an allegation that a crime has been committed and that there is only probable cause to believe a crime has been committed. They are presumed innocent throughout the proceedings and are entitled to be represented by counsel and entitled to a trial by jury at which the State is obligated to provide proof beyond a reasonable doubt before a judgment of guilt may be made.