By Nicholette Carlson
MILFORD — At approximately 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, the Milford Police Department became involved in a chase that started in Kosciusko County and ended in Elkhart County when the suspect was apprehended in Goshen.
Milford police officer Travis Bays was on patrol when he noticed a Pennsylvania license plate with no expiration date and was stopping the vehicle for a routine traffic stop. The suspect, Ricky Johnson, 40, no address listed, immediately fled in the vehicle.
Officers were led down various back roads throughout Kosciusko County during the pursuit and into Elkhart County. At one point the pursuit went along the east side of railroad tracks. Johnson then led officers north on SR 15 into the city of Goshen.
Once in Goshen, the pursuit continued down back streets and alleys until the vehicle crashed. It appeared the vehicle crashed into a fire hydrant. Following the crash, Johnson attempted to flee on foot. He was immediately apprehended by Officer Bays.
During the pursuit, Bays noticed Johnson throw something out the window of his vehicle near CR 1250N and CR 100E in Milford. It was thought to be a possible weapon. Officers returned to the scene and recovered a firearm and two magazines.
Johnson was booked into the Kosciusko County Jail for initial charges of resisting law enforcement with a vehicle and driving while suspended-prior. His bond was placed at $5,250 surety and cash.
The investigation is ongoing and more charges may be pending.
Milford Police Department was assisted by the Syracuse Police Department, Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office, Goshen Police Department and Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office.