Warsaw man leads police on high speed chase on I-69

STEUBEN COUNTY — A Warsaw man is facing multiple charges after leading police on a high speed chase.

According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department, 39-year-old Cory Thomas, of Warsaw, was arrested on preliminary charges of felony fleeing and eluding, operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, possession of marijuana and open intoxicants. The charges will be sought in Branch County, Michigan.

At about 11:20 p.m. Saturday, a Michigan State Police Trooper tried to pull over a 1999 Dodge truck for speeding and improper lane use near Stokes Road on I-69.

The suspect would not pull over for officers and led the troopers in high speed chase on southbound I-69. At one point, Thomas went north in the southbound lane and exited the highway through a bordering fence. The pursuit continued on and off the roadway. The chase crossed Indiana and Michigan state lines multiple times.

The car chase ended when the suspect crashed into a large drainage ditch and Thomas ran into a wooded area. A K-9 unit was called in and located the Thomas nearby. He surrendered to officers shortly after.

Thomas is being held in the Steuben County jail.