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September chase nets 3-year term

February 6, 2019

A man who led police on a chase in September that ended with a Fort Wayne police officer collapsing and dying was ordered Tuesday to spend three years in prison on charges unrelated to the officer’s death.

Patrick A. Faiers, 49, pleaded guilty in January to felony charges of burglary, resisting police and driving after having been given a lifetime suspension of his license. He was not charged in Officer David Tinsley’s death.

Faiers was sentenced Monday in Allen Superior Court, and theft, criminal mischief and criminal trespass were dismissed as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors.

He was drunk Sept. 10 when he stole a pickup from a construction business and led police on the chase. Tinsley, 50, helped capture Faiers in a wooded area on the city’s south side and collapsed on the way back to his car.

Police at the scene tried to revive him but were unsuccessful. The coroner ruled Tinsley died of a heart attack.

Faiers’ wife told police called to investigate a stolen vehicle that her husband “just drank a fifth of Rumple Minze schnapps and started acting crazy,” according to court documents. A green truck taken from the business near Faiers’ home in the 5400 block of Old Maumee Road was later seen by police on East Cox Drive and South Calhoun Street.

When officers tried to stop it, the truck took off onto Southcrest Road. Driven by Faiers, it eventually traveled onto Fairfield Avenue and into the Candlelite Apartments complex and got stuck in a grassy area before driving over a curb, down a hill and onto the Rivergreenway.

Faiers was arrested after a short foot pursuit.

Tinsley was at least the ninth active-duty police officer with the Fort Wayne police or Allen County sheriff’s departments to die in the line of duty or while serving in the military.

mleblanc@jg.net

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