Man arrested after leading South Bend Police officers on two pursuits

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South Bend Police have arrested a man they say led officers on, not one, but two pursuits.

Officers were responding to a call for service on Saturday, Jan. 14, when they saw a vehicle committing a traffic violation. Officers tried to initiate a traffic stop near Liberty and Sample Streets, bu they say the failed to stop, which led to a brief pursuit. The chase ended after the suspect vehicle reached unsafe speeds.

The vehicle was spotted, again, a short time later at Ford and Olive Streets, and the second chase began. Investigators say the driver, Tyler Crawford, 31, was seen throwing items outside the driver’s window. He then stopped at Brookfield and Ford Streets and was taken into custody.

Further investigation revealed that the items tossed from the window included a handgun and suspected methamphetamine.

Crawford, was arrested on several requested charges, including unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of meth and resisting law enforcement.

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