ST. JOSEPH CO., Ind. (ADAMS) – A Mishawaka man is in custody after leading an Indiana State Trooper on a chase that eventually ended in a muddy field.
Just before 2 p.m., Tuesday, Trooper Kyle Glaze was at the intersection of Ironwood and Lincolnway East in South Bend, IN, when he noticed a gray Ford pickup truck in front of him that had a registration violation. Glaze turned on the lights in his marked Dodge Charger to make a traffic stop on the Ford, near Lincolnway East and Russell Avenue, when the Ford refused to stop and sped away.
Glaze chased the Ford, with lights and siren activated, as it traveled on several city streets before getting on the US 20 Bypass, heading eastbound. The Ford exited onto southbound IN 331 and immediately headed west on Jackson Road, eventually turning south into a field in the 17000 block of Jackson Road.
When it appeared the Ford had become stuck in the mud, Glaze entered the field to take the driver of the Ford into custody. The Ford was able to gain traction and continued southbound through the field but Glaze was unable to follow.
A short time later officers with South Bend Police Department found the Ford abandoned near Kern Road, just west of Meadows Edge Elementary School. The school was placed on lockdown as a precaution while officers attempted to locate the driver of the Ford.
Glaze began to track the driver of the Ford using his K9 partner, Nala, while a perimeter was set up by other officers as well as several Indiana State Police K9 units that had been training nearby. The driver of the Ford, later identified as Clarence Jones, 50 of Mishawka, IN, was soon spotted crossing a field on foot. Jones was then taken into custody by Master Trooper Brian Hoffman in the 60000 block of IN 331.
Jones was taken to the St. Joseph County Jail where he faces preliminary charges of Resisting Law Enforcement with a Vehicle, Possession of a Legend Drug, Resisting Law Enforcement, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Criminal Recklessness, and Reckless Driving.