WARSAW — A Cromwell man faces four felony charges following a police pursuit near Lake Wawasee Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 20.
Tristen L. Terry, 34, 9688 East Excalibur Place, Cromwell, was charged with intimidation with a deadly weapon, a level 5 felony; two counts of resisting law enforcement, a level 6 felony; and criminal recklessness while armed with a deadly weapon, a level 6 felony.
At the time of his arrest, Terry had two active warrants from Elkhart County. In addition, he has received multiple felony convictions within the past fifteen years. Recently, he failed to appear in court regarding the offense of carrying a handgun without a license, a level 5 felony, among other charges, said the affidavit of probable cause.
On Nov. 20, officers found Terry at a residence in North Webster. After surveilling the situation, officers with the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office attempted a traffic stop of a vehicle in which Terry was a passenger.
Terry immediately exited the vehicle and fled on foot into some nearby woods around Tri-County Game Preserve near CR 875E and Epworth Forest Road in North Webster.
Officers made contact with Terry via cellphone. Terry told officers to call off the search. He claimed he would shoot officers attempting to apprehend him, said the affidavit.
Terry then called an unnamed individual to pick him up. The unnamed individual then contacted officers and told police they would attempt to get Terry to exit the woods.
The unnamed individual drove a 2019 black Ford F350 to the edge of the woods where Terry was waiting. Terry ran out of the woods and approached the Ford F350. The unnamed individual exited and Terry drove away in the Ford.
This led to a police pursuit between Terry and law enforcement. The pursuit lasted approximately 20 minutes, said the affidavit.
During the pursuit, Terry drove the F350 at speeds above 100 mph through yards and between house trailers in a mobile home park.
At least two law enforcement vehicles were damaged in the pursuit, according to accident reports from the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office.
While driving, Terry brandished a shotgun at officers, visible in the window of the truck.
Officers managed to stop the Ford F350 to which Terry exited the truck and fled on foot. A detective with Warsaw Police suffered a sprained wrist after leaping on Terry in an attempt to stop him from fleeing.
Terry told officers that he was attempting to locate ammunition for the shotgun during the pursuit. The ammunition was later found under the passenger seat of the truck, said the affidavit.
Additionally, Pammy Jo Sanchez, 54, 9688 East Excalibur Place, Cromwell, was arrested by the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office for interfering in the police pursuit.
Terry was booked in the Kosciusko County Jail with an initial bond of $5,250 surety and cash. According to the affidavit of probable cause, his updated bond is $100,250 surety and cash.