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Fort Wayne man in custody after leading officers on 40-mile high-speed chase

Demitrius Duane Ridley graphic

HUNTINGTON COUNTY, Ind. (WPTA21) - A Fort Wayne man is accused of leading troopers on a high-speed chase through Huntington County that ended in Muncie Wednesday evening.

Demetrius D. Ridley, 33, is accused of refusing to stop his Chevrolet Impala on southbound I-69 in Huntington County. Police said Ridley was going 120 mph when a trooper tried to pull him over.

Indiana State Police troopers and other departments chased the Impala from the 280 mm in Huntington County all the way to Delaware County on SR 332.

Police with the Indiana State Police post, the Peru post, the Pendleton Post, and other city and county agencies worked together to stop the fleeing vehicle.

Officers tried to keep Ridley on the highway during the 40-mile pursuit by blocking exits and using stop sticks, but he eventually made his way onto exit 241 toward Muncie.

Officers ahead of the pursuit were able to successfully put stop sticks on W. McGalliard Road at County Road 500 West, deflating both of Ridley’s front tires.  

Ridley continued driving west on two flat tires, but eventually, his vehicle became inoperable near Nebo Road on the west side of Muncie.  

Police said Ridley refused to get out of the vehicle once it became disabled.

Troopers were able to coax him out of the vehicle and took him into custody without using physical force.

Officers took him back to Huntington County where the pursuit began.

He's now facing resisting law enforcement, reckless driving, operating while intoxicated, never being licensed and driving while suspended.

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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