Police: Man tosses items from truck during high-speed chase

Police lights
(WANE Photo)

PERU, Ind. (WISH) — Two men were arrested this week after leading officers in Peru on a high speed chase.

Wednesday morning, police responded to the 600 block of Oak Street on the report of an attempted theft of an ATV. Officers were told the suspects took off in a pickup truck.

A Peru officer saw the vehicle, which police say then began racing down the road. The pursuit got to the Miami/Cass county line, before the suspect vehicle turned back. Police say a passenger in the vehicle climbed into the bed of the truck and started throwing items into the road, 24-Hour News 8’s news partners at The Kokomo Tribune report.

Police say during the chase, the driver blew a stop sign, lost control and hit a guardrail. A male passenger, identified as Wesley C. Southwick, 27, hopped out of the truck and fled to a wooded area, where he was later apprehended.

Police say the driver of the truck, identified as Jack G. Southwick, 26, got out of the truck and tried to hijack a car that stopped to help in the crash. He was later taken into custody.

Both men were transported to local hospitals to be treated for their injuries. Jack Southwick was preliminarily charged with burglary, theft, possession of meth, resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, resisting law enforcement, operating while intoxicated endangering a person and possession of paraphernalia. Charges against Wesley Southwick are pending.

Officers later found two weapons in the vehicle. Police said they think the guns came from a separate burglary in Cass County.

WISHTV.com provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s