Indiana Driver Accused of Striking Officer with Bag of Cocaine


A high-speed car chase on the northeast side of Fort Wayne, Indiana, ended in the arrest of a driver who allegedly assaulted an officer with a bag of cocaine. Demarcus Thomas faces preliminary charges including resisting law enforcement, fleeing in a vehicle, resisting law enforcement causing injury, battery committed with a deadly weapon, and dealing in cocaine or narcotic drugs.

Around 11:30 a.m., police spotted a pickup truck driving past a stop sign at Rothman and Reed roads. When officers attempted to stop the truck near St. Joe Center Road, the driver, later identified as Thomas, refused to pull over and led authorities on a pursuit that reached speeds of over 100 mph.

The chase culminated in a loss of control near Stellhorn and Hobson roads, where the truck crashed into a median, curb, and tree. Following the incident, Thomas allegedly exited the truck and engaged in a physical struggle with police, striking an officer in the face with the bag, covering his face and uniform in a white, powdery substance believed to be cocaine.

Both the officer and suspect were treated at a hospital for minor injuries.

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