Two people were arrested after leading an ISP Trooper on a pursuit in Fulton and Marshall Counties on Saturday, November 25th.
Around 3:20, Saturday afternoon, Trooper Jarod Sheetz was patrolling on U.S. 31 in Fulton County when he located a Toyota passenger vehicle that was previously reported to be traveling northbound on U.S. 31 without a rear tire. Trooper Sheetz attempted to conduct a traffic stop; however, the juvenile driver fled at high speeds and led Sheetz on a pursuit through Fulton and Marshall County roadways, reaching speeds of approximately 104 mph.
The pursuit continued north on U.S. 31 to 13th Road in Marshall County, where deputies had tire deflation devices set up across the roadway. The Toyota struck the devices, deflating two tires. The juvenile ultimately lost control of the Toyota and crashed into the median near U.S. 31 and the Lincoln Highway overpass. The juvenile, along with a passenger identified as Emmanuel Luna, 18, of Michigan, was taken into custody without incident. No injuries were sustained in the crash.
Further investigation revealed the juvenile did not have a license. A subsequent search of the Toyota revealed a handgun that returned stolen out of Michigan. Luna was incarcerated at the Fulton County Jail and the juvenile was released to their parent. Due to the driver of the vehicle being a juvenile, their name was not released.
As a result of the pursuit and ensuing investigation, both subjects are preliminary charged. The juvenile is charged with Resisting Law Enforcement with a Vehicle as a Level 6 Felony, Theft of a Firearm as a Level 5 Felony, Reckless Driving in a Highway Work Zone as an A Misdemeanor, Reckless Driving as a C Misdemeanor, and Operator Never Licensed as a C Misdemeanor.
18-year-old Emmanuel Luna of Michigan is charged with Theft of a Firearm as a Level 5 Felony.
Trooper Sheetz was assisted by officers with the Indiana State Police Bremen Post, Fulton County Sheriff’s Department, Marshall County Sheriff’s Department, Plymouth Police Department, Argos Police Department, and Lyons Towing.
All criminal defendants are to be presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.