SYRACUSE — Brandon Lynn Taylor, 28, 9632 E. Genesee Lane, Cromwell, was arrested Sunday evening after he led police on a chase around the east side of Lake Wawasee. The pursuit resulted in North Webster and Syracuse Police cars being damaged and Taylor taking a swim in an Enchanted Hills channel.
Taylor, who was medically cleared by hospital officials, was booked on preliminary charges of two counts of resisting law enforcement, failure to appear, driving while suspended with prior, reckless driving and leaving the scene of a property damage crash.
Events began around 8:50 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11. Kosciusko County officers, with the assistance of North Webster and Syracuse police, went to serve a warrant on Taylor, after receiving information he was at his residence. Officers observed a vehicle traveling past them, with Taylor being recognized as the driver.
Police went to serve the warrant on Taylor, who had stopped his vehicle in a yard. But before police could approach the vehicle, Taylor took off in the vehicle. The pursuit began taking officers on East CR 1000N, North Koher Road East, East Koher Road South, CR 850E, East Hatchery Road, North Turkey Creek Road, Lung Lane, East CR 1100N, Northeast Wawasee Drive and ending on Tiny Tim Lane.
During the pursuit, Taylor lost a tire on the front of his vehicle and on East Koher Road South, the vehicle spun around. Taylor then accelerated, hitting a Syracuse Police vehicle head on. While traveling on Northeast Wawasee Drive, Taylor went to pass a Dodge Ram hitting the back passenger side of the truck and pushing the vehicle in an attempt to accelerate away. When Taylor backed his vehicle, he backed into the front of the North Webster Police Department’s police vehicle.
Throughout the pursuit, Taylor’s vehicle crossed the centerline into oncoming traffic and disregarded numerous stop signs.
The pursuit ended on Tiny Tim Lane, where Taylor fled his vehicle and ran to the channel. Taylor jumped into the channel through a thin layer of ice and began swimming east before becoming cold and finally giving up. He was rescued and apprehended by authorities in the area of North Pied Piper Parkway and East Sleepy Hollow Parkway. While en route to an area hospital, paramedics from Turkey Creek Township had to make several stops as Taylor became unruly.
Damage was reported a minimal to the North Webster Police vehicle, while the Syracuse Police vehicle, a 2017 Dodge, sustained extensive damage. Extensive damage was also reported to the Dodge Ram, owned by Preston Bartow, 32, Cromwell.