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Fugitive found after high-speed chase

Shortly after 9 p.m. on July 19, an officer from the LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department attempted to stop a maroon Pontiac Grand Prix for an alleged speeding violation on CR 100E near CR 300N.

According to the police report, as the deputy attempted to catch up to the Grand Prix, it sped away northbound on CR 100E at a high rate of speed. The suspect vehicle turned east without stopping at the intersection with CR 400N and continued on at a high rate of speed.

In the 1600E block of CR 400N, the suspect vehicle was located just as it was involved in an accident, striking several trees and fenceposts. As the officer pulled up to the scene, the driver of the vehicle could be seen running into a swamp on the south side of the road, leaving behind two passengers who had suffered minor injuries.

During the investigation, several items associated with the manufacture of methamphetamine were located in the suspect vehicle and the driver was identified as Jason A. Adkins, who was wanted in LaGrange County. According to the police report, Adkins had recently painted the Grand Prix.

    After two hours of searching to no avail, officers suspended the search for Adkins.

    Two passengers in the suspect vehicle, Brianne E. Benac, 20, and Jeremy W. Brock, 27, both of Angola, Ind., were arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of precursors, assisting a criminal, and visiting a common nuisance.

    Investigation revealed that Adkins might have been staying at various locations in LaGrange, Noble, and Steuben counties in Indiana as well as Hillsdale County, Mich. Adkins had bleached his hair blonde, had a goatee with a thin patch in the middle of his chin that was also bleached blonde, and could have had minor injuries from the accident.

    On July 21, the LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department was contacted by a relative of Adkins, who advised that Adkins was considering turning himself in. At approximately 1 p.m., officers spoke to Adkins over the phone and took him into custody without incident at 2:30 p.m.

    Adkins was booked into the LaGrange County Jail on several outstanding warrants with additional charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of precursors with intent to manufacture methamphetamine, maintaining a common nuisance, resisting law enforcement with a motor vehicle, and leaving the scene of a property damage accident.

    Judge George E. Brown of the LaGrange Superior Court reviewed all the new charges, found probable cause on each of them, and ordered Adkins held without bond.

    Adkins’ arrest ends an investigation into his whereabouts that began in May of this year.

            Assisting during the investigation was the LaGrange City Police, Steuben County Sheriff’s Department, Orland Police Department, Wolcottville Police Department, Shipshewana Police Department, Indiana State Police, and Hillsdale County, Mich. Sheriff’s Department