Driver flees from Elkhart County police; arrested after leaving scene of injury crash

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A Kendallville man was arrested after leading Elkhart County police on a chase, then leaving the scene of a crash in the midst of the pursuit.

The chase, which took place around 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sep. 28, began after an officer spotted the suspect, Tanner Giles, 23, removing items from vehicles in the 57000 block of Rivercrest Dr. in Elkhart, according to a news release from the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department.

The officer tried to stop Giles near U.S. 33 and Sunnyside Avenue and Giles took off in a pursuit that continued along U.S. 33 into Goshen, the sheriff’s department stated.

Giles ran a red light at U.S. 33 and Reith Blvd. and collided with another vehicle, injuring the driver. Giles then took off on foot but was arrested near the railroad tracks, the sheriff’s department reported.

He was taken to the Elkhart County Jail and faces charges of resisting law enforcement, theft, leaving the scene of a personal injury crash and for possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon.

The 52-year-old Elkhart man hurt in the collision was taken to Goshen General Hospital for neck pain and was later released.

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