Indiana man jailed, hospitalized after high-speed chase

By J Swygart -



LIMA — An Indiana man who led sheriff’s deputies on a high-speed chase through the streets of Lima and to rural Spencerville on Wednesday evening was in custody at a Lima hospital Thursday after reportedly ingesting illegal narcotics while the chase was in progress.

According to a press release issued by the Allen County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy initiated a traffic stop on a maroon 2006 Chevy Malibu at approximately 10 p.m. in the 200 block of North Union Street, Lima. The vehicle had a broken rear taillight and an Indiana license plate that belonged to another vehicle. As the deputy approached the vehicle, the suspect, later identified as Jonathan P. Cole, 30, of Fort Wayne, fled in the vehicle.

A pursuit was initiated west on Market Street through the city of Lima before reaching state Route 117. Cole traveled west on state Route 117, reaching speeds of approximately 95 mph. At Monfort Road, an officer with the Spencerville Police Department was able to deploy stop sticks. The vehicle slowed and shortly thereafter drove through three yards before coming to rest in the front yard of a residence in the 11000 block of Spencerville Road.

Cole fled on foot but was quickly apprehended. It was found the vehicle was stolen out of Fort Wayne on Aug. 18.

No one was injured in the pursuit, and no police cruisers were damaged.

Cole was booked into the Allen County Jail on the charges of failure to comply and receiving stolen property. A little while after arriving at the jail, Cole reported he had ingested several grams of illegal narcotics during the pursuit and needed to go to the hospital.

His condition was not available late Thursday morning.


By J Swygart

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