LEESBURG — A Fort Wayne man who was airlifted from an April motorcycle accident is now facing charges for fleeing from officers while under the influence.
John William Wakefield, 26, 2908 Reed St., Fort Wayne, is charged with resisting law enforcement, a level 6 felony; and operating a vehicle while intoxicated, a class A misdemeanor.
On April 24, a Kosciusko County Sheriff’s officer was dispatched to The Keg Tavern in Leesburg regarding an unwanted person. The person was later identified as Wakefield.
According to court documents, while en route to the scene, the officer was informed that Wakefield had left the area on a motorcycle. Officers found Wakefield and attempted to pull over the vehicle. Wakefield disregarded emergency lights and continued to flee at a high rate of speed.
The motorcycle was pursued onto SR 15, where it was traveling at speeds exceeding 120 mph. Wakefield also disregarded traffic control devices and passed over the centerline of the road. When Wakefield attempted to use an exit ramp to get onto US 30, his vehicle hit a cement barrier. While speaking with Wakefield, officers noticed signs of intoxication.
Wakefield was taken to a Fort Wayne hospital via medical helicopter for further treatment. Officers obtained a search warrant for a blood sample from Wakefield.
On May 13, officers received Wakefield’s blood test results. His blood alcohol content registered .15 grams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood.
Wakefield was booked in the Kosciusko County Jail on June 28, with a $5,250 surety and cash bond.