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Man facing slew of charges after battery investigation turns into a chase, crash

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - A Fort Wayne man is facing a slew of charges after police said he battered someone and led officers on a chase before crashing into a street sweeper Wednesday morning downtown.

Jalen Perry, 21, is facing 14 felony and misdemeanor charges related to a battery investigation that turned into a police pursuit and crash.

It all began around 2 a.m. Wednesday when police were called to 3340 W. Coliseum Blvd. at the Economy Inn to reports of a domestic battery that happened at another location.

The victim and the suspect showed up on Coliseum, and someone else called the police.

But before officers could get there, the suspect, later identified as 21-year-old Jalen Perry, had left the scene.

Police later spotted him walking before he got into a vehicle.

When police tried to stop the suspect, he sped off in a vehicle on Coliseum.

A short time later, a police supervisor called off the pursuit and officers turned off on side streets on Goshen Road.

Police later learned the suspect took the victim's car without their permission.

Soon after that, police learned the suspect vehicle left the scene of an accident at Superior and Ewing.

That's where police picked up the chase again when an officer witnessed the crash at the roundabout.

No injuries were reported, but there was heavy vehicle damage.

The suspect made it to the area of Clinton and Jefferson when he crashed into a median wall, forcing him into a street sweeper vehicle.

Perry was hurt during the ordeal, but his injuries were not life-threatening.

Perry is now facing a slew of charges connected to the battery, crash and chase.

Medics took him to the hospital to get checked out and then taken to jail.

Kayla Crandall

Kayla Crandall is an Emmy award-winning journalist. She serves as the Social Media and Digital Content Manager at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @KaylerJayne.

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