WARSAW — A suspect vehicle in a theft at Meijer, Warsaw, resulted in a vehicle pursuit ending near South Whitley late Wednesday morning, early afternoon, Aug. 23. Two Columbia City residents were apprehended after the vehicle crashed.
Catherine Kay Anderson, 38, 8249 E. 500S, Columbia City, and Jared Donald Houser, 27, 8249 S. 500E, Columbia City, were booked in the Kosciusko County Jail after being taken to Kosciusko Community Hospital for medical treatment. Anderson was booked for resisting law enforcement – fleeing and Houser was booked on a warrant out of Whitley County. Anderson is reported to also have an active warrant out of Whitley County. Those warrants are reportedly for unrelated thefts.
Events began when Warsaw Police were called to Meijer regarding the theft of numerous cellphones. A description of the vehicle and suspects were provided and a search for the vehicle began. Winona Lake Police Department spotted the vehicle at US 30 and CR 250E and attempted a traffic stop. However, Anderson, who was driving the vehicle, refused to stop and a pursuit began.
Officers pursued the vehicle eastbound on US 30 into Pierceton and then south into South Whitley. According to Winona Lake Police Chief Joe Hawn, on the southeast side of South Whitley, the vehicle Anderson was driving, went through a corn field, a bean field and landed in a ravine containing water.
Police were able to recover some of the cellphones stolen.
According to Warsaw Police Chief Scott Whitaker theft charges are pending against the duo.
Officers from Winona Lake, Pierceton, Warsaw, South Whitley and Whitley County participated in the pursuit.