Police Chase Begins In Branch County, Ends In Steuben County
By: Beth Swary -
Friday, September 22, 2023
FREMONT - A police chase starting in Branch County ended in northern Steuben County early Friday, September 22 afternoon.
Reports state just after 11:15 am, Steuben County Sheriff's deputies responded to the area of Old U.S. 27 near the Michigan state line for a request from Branch County Sheriff's Office for assistance with a high speed vehicle pursuit traveling southbound on Angola Road in Branch County approaching the Indiana/Michigan state line.
The vehicle was being pursued by Branch County Sheriff's deputies for excessive speed and failing to stop for a police officer.
The chase then entered Steuben County on Old US 27 and continued southbound to SR 120 as Steuben County Sheriff's deputies were responding to the area.
The suspect vehicle continued southbound on SR 127 from SR 120, then turned eastbound on SR 727 before heading back northbound on CR 50 W.
Once the vehicle reached SR 120 again, the chase turned back eastbound on SR 120.
By that time, Steuben County Sheriff's deputies were able to deploy stop sticks on SR 120 west of Fremont in order to de-escalate and attempt to end the pursuit prior to reaching the town limits.
The suspect vehicle struck the stop sticks and continued eastbound into and through the downtown area of Fremont on SR 120 before turning northbound on Ray St.
Branch County Sheriff's deputies were then able to get the vehicle stopped at the intersection of Ray St. and Spring St on Fremont's east side.
Once the vehicle pursuit was ended, the female driver fled from the vehicle on foot northbound and was quickly captured behind a residence by the Branch County Sheriff's Office.
Steuben County Sheriff's deputies were able to apprehend the male passenger at the vehicle.
The driver was identified as Ashley Rose Daniels, 37, of Kalamazoo.
The passenger was identified as David Danquan Williams, 43, of Kalamazoo.
Daniels complained of arm pain from a previous unrelated injury and was transported to Cameron Hospital by ambulance before being booked into the Steuben County Jail on preliminary charges of level 6 felony resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, class C misdemeanor reckless driving, and class B misdemeanor possession of Marijuana.
Williams was found to have an active felony arrest warrant out of Kalamazoo County, Michigan and was booked into the Steuben County Jail on the fugitive warrant and is awaiting extradition.
The incident remains under investigation and additional criminal charges are being sought against Daniels and Williams in Branch County, Michigan by the Branch County Sheriff's Office.
Assisting both Sheriff's Offices at the scene were the Indiana State Police, Indiana Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division, and Steuben County EMS.
PRESS RELEASE provided by the Steuben County Sheriff's Office
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