UPDATE: The suspect in custody has been identified as 31-year-old Kimbert Alvin Crafton of Nappanee.
Crafton was initially being investigated by Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Detectives and Nappanee Police officials for his alleged involvement in a burglary and theft two days ago. A search of Crafton’s residence gave officers evidence that he was involved with several thefts.
Crafton is currently being held in the Kosciusko County Jail, accused of the following charges:
- Resisting/fleeing law enforcement
- Reckless driving
- Felony theft
- Felony Burglary
Crafton is also believed to have stolen an ATV/4-wheeler from the state of Mississippi. Sheriff’s deputies believe they may find additional stolen items at a storage building in North Webster near where the car case began.
A car chase began in North Webster and didn’t end until the suspect reached Whitley County. Kosciusko County Sergeant Chad Hill tells News Now Warsaw their agency was pursuing a potentially stolen construction/cargo trailer that was being pulled by a Chevy Silverado pickup truck.
The pursuit ensued into Noble County, and eventually into Whitley. Sergeant Hill says stop sticks, a tire deflation device deployed by law enforcement, struck the suspect’s pickup and/or trailer tires twice.
The chase ended at State Road 205 and Whitley County Road 200 N. A suspect was taken into custody at that time.