MILFORD — Following a foot pursuit and search, a man was arrested in Milford and booked into the Kosciusko County Jail early Thursday morning, April 2.
Jonathan Kent Quillen, 34, giving an address of 1495 E. Dove Lane, Milford, was booked for intimidation, leaving the scene of a hit-and-run accident and habitual offender.
Around 10:50 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, a Milford police officer was called to the 900 block of South Main Street, Milford, for an accident involving a vehicle striking a utility pole and the driver attempting to leave the scene. Witnesses said the truck was traveling west at a high rate of speed, failed to slow for the railroad tracks and failed to yield at the stop sign before trying to turn north on Old SR 15, losing control and crashing into a utility pole and a “Welcome to Milford” sign.
Upon arrival, the officer noticed several people surrounding a vehicle. A man on the railroad tracks on the east side of the vehicle was identified as the driver by witnesses. He began to run after an officer asked to speak to him. After identifying himself as a Milford police officer, he pursued the male suspect on foot.
During the pursuit, a driver passing by informed the officer the suspect had a gun. As the officer approached, he noticed the suspect crouched with a firearm pointed in his direction. Changing direction, the officer then noticed the man running northwest and requested a K-9 officer.
Officers from the Syracuse Police Department, Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office and Indiana State Police formed a perimeter to assist in finding the suspect. Meanwhile, the Milford police officer returned to the scene of the accident to search for evidence.
In the vehicle, the officer found a multi-colored glass pipe which later field-tested positive for marijuana as well as documents identifying the suspect as Jonathan Kent Quillen.
At approximately 12:40 a.m. Thursday, April 2, dispatch received a call Quillen had returned to the area. The Milford officer noticed a vehicle traveling slowly on Waubee Lane and initiated a traffic stop. The driver stated she knew the officers were searching for Quillen and knew where he was staying.
Officers went to the residence and spoke with another witness who stated Quillen had left the residence at 5 p.m. the day prior and had not returned. She was instructed to text 911 if he returned.
Around 2 a.m. the witness texted 911 stating Quillen had returned to the residence. Officers returned and formed a perimeter around the residence, finding Quillen hiding in a dog kennel outside. In an attempt to escape, Quillen went back into the house where he complied with officers and was arrested.
During the search, brass knuckles were found on Quillen’s person. He was taken to Kosciusko County Jail. During processing, numerous red, round pills later identified as coricidin, a generic form of Sudafed, were found on him. He was also found to be a habitual traffic violator.
Quillen was booked into the Kosciusko County Jail on a $5,250 surety and cash bond.