WARSAW — Two Angola men face multiple charges after police conducted a routine license plate check, found the vehicle the men were traveling in had incorrect and expired plates and attempted to conduct a traffic stop, which resulted in a high-speed chase.
Joel Craig Loftus, 36, 1100 Crestview Drive, Angola, is charged with resisting law enforcement, a level 6 felony; obstruction of justice, a level 6 felony; driving while suspended, a class A misdemeanor; possession of marijuana, a class B misdemeanor; and reckless driving, a class C misdemeanor.
Seth Daniel Danning, 35, 227 1/2 Maumee St., Angola, is charged with obstruction of justice, a level 6 felony; and possession of marijuana, a class B misdemeanor.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, an officer of the Warsaw Police Department conducted a license plate check on a white Subaru on April 7. Police reported that the information they received conflicting information. Police said the license plate had a green 2019 sticker on it, but that it came back expired in November 2018 and belonging to a green Subaru. However, when officers turned on lights and sirens to conduct a traffic stop, they reported that the vehicle sped away at speeds up to 100 miles per hour.
According to the report, the chase occurred through Warsaw, Winona Lake and south in the county until stop sticks were administered in Wabash County, flattening the left front tire and allowing officers to conduct a felony stop. Officers took Loftus into custody as the driver of the vehicle and Danning from the passenger side.
Police reported observing items being thrown from the vehicle during the chase and later recovered the items.
According to the affidavit, recovered items included a container containing several pieces of gauze in a pink, clear liquid, three checkbooks belonging to neither man, one brown female wallet, several credit cards, a bill of sale for a blue Subaru, one orange, loaded flare gun and a camouflaged 450-watt tailgate inverter with a USB charger plugged into it.
Police reported that marijuana was discovered while searching the vehicle.
Both Loftus and Danning are due in Kosciusko County Superior Court 2 on May 13 at 1 p.m. for an initial hearing.