Stolen U-Haul suspect posts on Facebook Live during chase on Indiana Toll Road

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A man who police say stole a U-Haul in Toledo led state police on a more-than 50 mile chase on the Indiana Toll Road. During the pursuit, the suspect driver went on Facebook Live to express his fear.

State Police troopers got a call on Wednesday, Feb. 9, from the Ohio State Highway Patrol telling them they were in pursuit of the stolen trailer.

Officers spotted the suspect in Elkhart as it traveled westbound on the toll road near the 90 mile marker.

The trooper also observed the driver make several moving violations.

When the trooper turned on his red and blue emergency lights to make a traffic stop, the driver of the U-Haul refused to stop and accelerated away in an attempt to flee, Indiana State Police reported.

The driver of the U-Haul, at times, turned off the vehicle lights.

Near the 72 mile marker the U-Haul struck stop sticks, deflating both driver side tires, but the suspect did not stop.

The U-Haul continued fleeing westbound, striking another set of stop sticks near the 63 mile marker, deflating a passenger side tire.

The driver of the U-Haul continued to flee while driving on three rims and throwing sparks from the vehicle.

The U-Haul eventually lost a rear rim on the left side but continued to flee with the rear axle dragging on the left side.

The U-Haul ultimately could not go on and came to a stop after a nearly 54 mile pursuit near the 36 mile marker in Porter County. The driver, Geramie Evans, 26 of Wheaton, Illinois, was taken into custody.

During the pursuit, Evans went on Facebook Live, expressing his fear about being arrested by police. The video is below.

Evans was taken to the hospital after troopers located suspected marijuana and believed Evans to be under the influence.

While at the hospital a medical issue unrelated to the pursuit was discovered that required Evans to be admitted for observation. While at the hospital, Evans allegedly kicked a trooper and spit on him.

Evans was released from the hospital the next day and was taken to the Elkhart County Jail for theft of a vehicle, resisting law enforcement, battery on law enforcement, reckless driving, possession of marijuana, and possession of paraphernalia.

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Thomas Hryck February 12, 2022 at 8:13 am

He says he did nothing wrong and the police are illegally pursuing him. He stole a U-Haul, and refuses to pull over. I guess he think he is entitled to do what ever he chooses to do. The video says it all.

Charles U Farley February 13, 2022 at 1:49 pm

That entitled misbehavior seems to be a cultural thing these days.


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