KOKOMO, Ind. (WLFI) – Authorities in Kokomo say a man was arrested after leading law enforcement on a police pursuit that ended with the suspect crashing his car, trying to flee and officers using a stun gun on him in order to take him into custody.
Michael Jones, 34, of Kokomo was arrested and taken to the Howard County Jail. He now faces a slew of preliminary charges: operating a vehicle while intoxicated, resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, leaving the scene of a crash, reckless driving, resisting law enforcement officers causing injury, disorderly conduct and carrying a handgun without a license.
Wednesday around 12:30 a.m., Indiana State Police Trooper Steven Glass made a traffic stop for unsafe lane movement and crossing the center line on Markland Street, near U.S. 931, in Kokomo. The driver, later identified as Jones, initially stopped, but then drove off leading Trooper Glass on a vehicle pursuit.
The Kokomo Police Department and the Howard County Sheriff’s Office joined in the car chase, which ended when Jones crashed his vehicle into a utility pole near the intersection of county roads 100 North and 250 East.
But after the crash, authorities said Jones exited the car and fled on foot. A few minutes later officers captured Jones, but he tried to resist arrest and a stun gun was used to take him into custody.
A Kokomo police officer suffered minor injuries to his nose and forehead while trying to gain control of Jones.
During the vehicle pursuit, troopers said Jones threw a handgun from the car. It was later located by a K-9 officer.