WARSAW — A man faces charges after an alleged auto theft caused a police pursuit.
Michael Andreas Priester, 22, 708 Steinman Dr., Fort Wayne, was charged with theft and resisting law enforcement, both level 6 felonies.
On March 5, an officer with North Webster police received information regarding the theft of a red Chevrolet S10 pickup truck. After obtaining the license plate number, the officer found the same vehicle traveling south on SR 13 near the National Weather Service Station, said the affidavit of probable cause.
Police caught up with the vehicle. In a refusal to stop for the emergency lights on the police vehicle, the truck slowed to about 22 mph and turned left onto Epworth Forest Road. This started a pursuit that reached speeds of 90 mph. The truck left the roadway at least twice and made several turns, said the affidavit.
The truck ran over stop sticks placed by police. The chase ended in Noble County at CR 300W near CR 50S.
Police identified Priester as the driver of the stolen truck. Priester admitted he took the truck from the victim’s residence, said the affidavit.
On March 5, Priester was booked in the Kosciusko County Jail. He was later released of his own recognizance.