Three Michiana residents arrested after high-speed pursuit in Kosciusko, Whitley Counties

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(Photo supplied/Indiana State Police)

Three people were arrested after a high-speed pursuit in Whitley and Kosiusko Counties.

The pursuit happened around 7 a.m. on Sunday, Sep. 20, when a trooper tried to stop a 2019 Nissan Sentra passenger car traveling at over 90 mph westbound on U.S. 30, just west of Columbia City.  The driver, identified as Devonte Devon Perkins, 37, of Michigan City, failed to stop and tried to evade officers from multiple agencies for nearly 30 miles into Kosciusko County, at times with speeds well over 115 m.p.h., according to Indiana State Police.

The pursuit entered into Kosciusko County on U.S. 30, and police deployed stop sticks at the intersection of County Road 650 East, near Pierceton.  One tire was successfully struck, but Perkin’s vehicle was not completely disabled, and he continued to flee.  The damaged tire eventually came off rim.  At one point along U.S. 30, passengers in Perkin’s vehicle were observed allegedly throwing items from the vehicle, which when recovered, turned out to be two handguns.

As the pursuit entered into the city of Warsaw, officers from Warsaw Police, the Kosciusko Sheriff Department, along with more troopers from the ISP Bremen Post, became involved as well.  The Warsaw Police Department did a great job blocking intersections ahead of the pursuit to protect other vehicular traffic, and then continuing de-escalation attempts with multiple stop stick deployments.

The de-escalation efforts proved successful, and the pursuit ended just west of Warsaw on CR200S at Zimmer Road at approximately 7:40 a.m.  All three occupants were taken into custody without further incident.

All three occupants were placed under arrest on various felony and misdemeanor charges, transported back to Whitley County, and booked into custody at the Whitley County jail pending arraignment. Both Perkins and Morrow were found to have active arrest warrants.

Arrested/Charges:

Devante Devon Perkins, 37, Michigan City, IN

  • Serious Violent Felon in Possession of Firearm, Level 4 Felony
  • Resisting Law Enforcement, Level 6 Felony
  • Identity Theft, Level 6 Felony
  • Dealing Marijuana, Level 6 Felony
  • Reckless Driving, Misd
  • Possession Paraphernalia, Misd
  • Operator Never Licensed, Misd
  • Felony warrants out of Allen, LaPorte , St.               Joseph Counties, and the US Marshal’s Office
Perkins
Jahnesha Annette Thompson, 37, South Bend, IN

  • Possession of Handgun W/O Permit, Misd
  • Possession of Marijuana, Misd
  • Possession Paraphernalia, Misd
Thompson
Terrell Yusef Morrow Jr., 32, South Bend, IN

  • Possession Marjiuana, Misd
  • Possession Paraphernalia, Misd
  • Arrest Warrant- (St. Joe County) Possession             Marijuana
Morrow

 

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