Elkhart man arrested after police chase, two collisions

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An Elkhart man was arrested after leading an Indiana State Trooper on a chase, and driving away from two crashes late Friday morning.

Just before 11:15 a.m., state police stopped the driver of a gray Jeep for speeding on US 20, near Beech Road. The driver — 27-year-old Zachary Jester — pulled over at first, but later sped away while the officer was still talking to him.

Jester drove away from the officer and into Mishawaka. In doing so, Jester ran a red light and crashed into a brown GMC Acadia at the intersection of Ironwood and Mishawaka Avenue.

However, Jester did not stop. He continued to head eastbound on Lincolnway, where he turned into the parking lot of a business before crashing into a fence. Jester then ran on foot but was quickly caught, after he tried getting into the locked back door of another car.

After Jester was arrested, it was discovered he had his two-year-old son in the backseat. Police say the boy was not properly restrained, but was not hurt.

Police say Jester had seven active warrants out of Elkhart County, and one active warrant from Whitley County. He’s now in the St. Joseph County Jail facing five new charges, including Resisting Law Enforcement and Child Endangerment.

The driver of the brown Acadia complained of neck pain, but refused treatment.

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