Warsaw man leads police in Michigan and Indiana on wild chase

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A Warsaw man is facing multiple charges after police say he led them on a high-speed chase.

Cory Thomas, 39, was arrested on initial charges of felony fleeing and eluding, OWI, possession of marijuana and having open intoxicants, according to Steuben County Sheriff’s Office. The charges will be sought in Branch County, Michigan, according to our reporting partners at WOWO.

At about 11:20 p.m. Saturday, a Michigan State Police Trooper tried to pull over a 1999 Dodge truck for speeding and improper lane use on I-69 near Stokes Road.

The suspect didn’t pull over and led the trooper on a high-speed chase on southbound I-69. At some point, he went north onto the southbound lane and exited the highway through the bordering fence. The pursuit continued on and off the roadway. The chase crossed Indiana and Michigan state lines multiple times, according to Steuben County Sheriff’s Office.

The car chase ended when the suspect crashed into a large drainage ditch. Then, officers say he ran into a wooded area. A K-9 was called and located the suspect nearby. The victim surrendered to officers.

The suspect is now in the Steuben County jail. His name hasn’t been released.

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