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Man arrested after three-county chase

 On August 18 around 11:30 p.m., a Middlebury police officer was attempting to locate a silver Saturn that was leaving McDonalds on SR 13 near US 20. The driver of the Saturn was reportedly intoxicated.

About 15 minutes later, the officer was advised of a vehicle off the roadway on US 20 near CR 33.

The officer arrived in the area and observed the Saturn driving through a yard, across a driveway and striking a tree. According to the report, the vehicle fled east on US 20, travelling at speeds near 80 mph and driving erratically. The vehicle fled into LaGrange County, where it reportedly struck a LaGrange Police Department car at the intersection of US 20 and SR 5 before it continued south on SR 5.

The pursuit for the vehicle entered Noble County, where the Saturn reportedly struck a Nobel County Sheriff’s Department car.

Officers deployed stop sticks, which caused the vehicle to lose three of its four tires. The Saturn finally came to a stop on CR 1000N at CR 1025W.

The driver, Jonathan Gaby, 31, of Middlebury reportedly refused to comply with officers’ orders and was tasered by a LaGrange County officer. Gaby was taken into custody and transported to IU Health Goshen Hospital where he was evaluated and released.

Prior to release from the hospital, Gaby reportedly consented to a blood draw for intoxication and was found to have a blood alcohol content of 0.233 percent. He was taken to the Elkhart County Jail on charges of operating while intoxicated, felony fleeing, and reckless driving. Charges are also pending in LaGrange and Noble counties for resisting law enforcement and criminal recklessness with a vehicle.

According to the report, Gaby was uncooperative during the entire incident, including his evaluation at the hospital.

The Middlebury Police Department was assisted by Elkhart County deputies, LaGrange and Shipshewana Police departments, LaGrange County Sheriff’s deputies, Wolcottville police and Noble County Sheriff’s deputies.