South Bend man arrested after fleeing from state trooper and crashing

(Photo supplied/Indiana State Police)

A police chase landed a South Bend man in jail after he fled from an Indiana State Trooper and crashed into a parked car and the front porch of a house.

The pursuit began around 9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 9. An Indiana State Trooper spotted a gray 2007 Audi with two equipment violations traveling northbound on Portage Avenue. The trooper caught up to the Audi and tried to stop it near the intersection of Portage Avenue and Woodlawn Boulevard in South Bend, but the suspect driver took off.

The driver of the Audi fled down several city streets and eventually ended up traveling on Beverly Place and crashed into a parked car. After that collision the Audi continued across the street, crashing into a wooden porch of a house in the 2000 block of Beverly Place.

After this crash, the Audi was immobile and the driver, identified as Trae Lottie, 28 of South Bend, was taken into custody. Police say Lottie was allegedly under the influence of alcohol and driving with a suspended license.

Lottie was taken to a local hospital to be medically cleared and to submit to a chemical test. The results of the chemical test are pending.

After that, Lottie was arrested and taken to the St. Joseph County Jail for Resisting Law Enforcement, Operating While Intoxicated-Prior, Operating While Intoxicated-Endangerment, Driving While Suspended-Prior, and Reckless Driving.

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