By Liz Shepherd
WARSAW — An Akron man will serve three years in prison after stealing two vehicles and resisting arrest.
In the first case, Derek J. Flenner, 29, 14484 E. 100S, Akron, was charged with auto theft, a level 6 felony. He was also charged with auto theft, a level 6 felony; and driving while suspended prior, a class A misdemeanor, in a second case. In a third case, Flenner was charged with two counts of resisting law enforcement, both level 6 felonies; and driving while suspended prior, a class A misdemeanor. An additional driving while suspended prior charge was dismissed as part of a plea agreement.
Flenner was sentenced in Kosciusko Superior Court One on Monday, Sept. 26.
For the first auto theft case, Flenner will serve two years on probation. Flenner will also serve one year at the Indiana Department of Correction for auto theft and driving while suspended prior, with both counts running concurrently, or at the same time. In the third case, Flenner will serve two years at DoC. All three cases will be served consecutively.
In total, Flenner was sentenced to three year at DoC and two years on probation. He has a total of 123 days of jail time credit for the cases.
In April 2020, a Warsaw Police officer responded to a report of a stolen moped. A man said his moped was stolen overnight from the front yard of his residence.
In August 2020, a Warsaw Police officer noticed a moped traveling on Zimmer Road without a state registration plate. The officer pulled the moped over and identified its driver as Flenner.
According to court documents, Flenner said the moped belonged to his girlfriend. He told the officer he didn’t have any proof of ownership of the vehicle or its registration. The officer noticed the moped’s vehicle identification number had been scratched off and identified the moped as the one stolen in April 2020.
In May 2022, an Indiana State Trooper was in the area of Beaver Dam Lake when he noticed a blue motorcycle traveling 70 mph in a 55 mph zone. The trooper pulled the motorcycle over and identified its driver as Flenner.
Flenner told the trooper his license was suspended. The trooper later learned the motorcycle was reported stolen from South Bend in March 2022.
In June 2022, a Mentone Police officer passed a motorcycle traveling 61 mph in a 55 mph zone. A vehicle pursuit occurred, with the motorcyclist reaching speeds of 105 mph and disregarding a stop sign. Eventually, the motorcycle stopped, with its driver identified as Flenner.
It was later determined that Flenner’s driver’s license was suspended. Flenner actively resisted placement into a police vehicle and also resisted officers’ commands while at the Kosciusko County Jail.
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