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Chase ends in stalking charges

December 2, 2018

He was driving so recklessly police had to abandon the pursuit, court records said.

Jermaine A. Mitchell, 32, of the 4200 block of Avondale Drive, drove his 2005 Chrysler Sebring over a curb at West Butler and South Webster streets, then ran through multiple stop signs on South Webster on Nov. 23. He sped east on East Pontiac Street going 80 mph in a 30 mph zone.

After he disregarded traffic signals at South Lafayette and South Clinton streets, the chase was called off, court documents said.

Shortly thereafter, Mitchell struck a tree and three other vehicles on East Pontiac Street and fled from the scene on foot, despite being injured in the crash.

Police had initially been called just before 7 a.m. because Mitchell was sitting outside a home in the vicinity of West Butler and South Harrison streets, violating a protection order, court records said.

When police caught up to Mitchell near Euclid Street, Mitchell smelled moderately like alcohol and his clothes were dirty and had blood on them. The reporting officer said he was nervous, court records said.

Mitchell admitted drinking Natural Ice beer and rubbing alcohol. He also said he was on Trazodone and had been warned not to mix his medication with alcohol, court records said.

After being treated at a hospital, Mitchell was taken to the Allen County Jail. He was charged with stalking when it violates a protection order, ordinary stalking, two counts of invasion of privacy, intimidation and resisting law enforcement with three misdemeanor charges for resisting law enforcement, leaving the scene of an accident and operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

He was being held at the Allen County Jail in lieu of $70,750 bail and without bond on another charge, according to a jail spokesman.

Mitchell has a court hearing Monday. 

jduffy@jg.net

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