Three people were arrested Sunday after a police chase that began on U.S. 30 in Whitley County.
Indiana State Police, Fort Wayne, issued this statement about 4 p.m. Sunday:
At approximately 7 a.m. this morning, several troopers from the Fort Wayne Post became involved in a high-speed vehicle pursuit. The pursuit began after Master Trooper Todd Reed had attempted to stop a 2019 Nissan Sentra passenger car traveling at over 90 mph westbound on U.S. 30, just west of Columbia City, Whitley County. The driver, later identified as Devonte Devon Perkins, 37, of Michigan City, chose to speed off rather than pull over for Reed, and then attempted to evade officers from multiple agencies for nearly 30 miles into Kosciusko County, at times with speeds well over 115 mph.
After the pursuit entered into Kosciusko County on U.S. 30, pursuit de-escalation tactics were attempted with stop sticks deployed by troopers at the intersection of CR650E, near Pierceton. One tire was successfully struck, but Perkins' vehicle was not completely disabled, and he continued to flee. The damaged tire eventually came off the rim. At one point along U.S. 30, passengers in Perkins' vehicle were observed allegedly throwing items from the vehicle, which when recovered turned out to be two handguns.
As the pursuit entered into the city of Warsaw, officers from the Warsaw Police, the Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department, along with more troopers from the ISP Bremen Post, became involved as well. The Warsaw Police Department blocked intersections ahead of the pursuit to protect other vehicular traffic, and then continuing de-escalation attempts with multiple stop stick deployments.
The de-escalation efforts proved successful, and the pursuit ended just west of Warsaw on CR200S at Zimmer Road at approximately 7:40 a.m. All three occupants were taken into custody without further incident.
The three were placed under arrest on various felony and misdemeanor charges and were booked into custody at the Whitley County jail pending arraignment. Both Perkins and Terrl Yusef Morrow Jr., 32, of South Bend, were found to have active arrest warrants.
The Whitley County prosecutor will decide on charges to be filed. Those arrested and accusations listed are:
• Devante Devon Perkins, 37, Michigan City, was held on felony warrants out of Allen, LaPorte and St. Joseph counties, and the U.S. Marshal’s Office; serious violent felon in possession of firearm, Level 4 Felony; resisting law enforcement, Level 6 felony; identity theft, Level 6 Felony; dealing marijuana, Level 6 felony; reckless driving, misdemeanor; possession paraphernalia, misdemeanor; operator never licenses, misdemeanor.
• Jahnesha Annette Thompson, 37, South Bend: possession of handgun without permit, misdemeanor; possession of marijuana, misdemeanor; possession paraphernalia, misdemeanor.
• Terrell Yusef Morrow Jr., 32, South Bend: possession marjiuana, misdemeanor; arrest warrant. St. Joseph County, possession marijuana.