On Tuesday Afternoon, Trooper’s from the Fort Wayne Post arrested an alleged car thief who led them on a high speed vehicle pursuit through Noble and Whitley Counties. Nathan Lundgren (27) of Angola, IN, was apprehended after the pursuit and incarcerated in the Noble County Jail, where he will answer to multiple felony and misdemeanor charges.
The incident began at approximately 3:45pm Tuesday when Trooper Richard Williams located a stolen Pontiac Trans Am on State Road 9 just south of Albion, Noble County. This vehicle had been reported stolen from the Angola area earlier that morning. Trooper Williams attempted to stop the vehicle, however the driver (Lundgren) had other intentions and sped off, initiating a high speed pursuit. Trooper Williams reported vehicle speeds on the rural stretch of SR9 up to 115mph. Recognizing the risks associated with a vehicle entering the populated area of Columbia City at those speeds, Trooper Williams quickly coordinated a plan with Master Trooper Joe McLaughlin to de-escalate the chase. Once the pursuit entered into northern Whitley County, M/Tpr McLaughlin was able to successfully employ a tire deflation device, effectively demobilizing the stolen vehicle. After striking the deflation device the stolen Trans Am ran off the road and came to rest in the side ditch of SR9 south of CR500N, there ending the chase. At that point Lundgren became physically resistant, but Troopers quickly gained control and took him into custody without further incident or subsequent injury.
As a precautionary measure, Lundgren was examined at the scene by medical personnel prior to being transported to the Noble County Jail.
He was booked at the Noble County Jail on charges of possession of stolen property, resisting law enforcement, aggressive driving, operating while suspended, and reckless driving.
Lundgren remains in custody pending an initial court hearing.
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