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Two charged with multi-county pursuit that ended in crash

Johnson and Rogers police chase mugs 2021

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - Two people are facing charges after multiple law enforcement agencies chased them through four different counties Tuesday.

The ordeal began around 3 p.m. Tuesday when Bremen Indiana State Police troopers tried to stop a black Toyota Camry on SR13 near Syracuse in Kosciusco County. Authorities believed a wanted Fulton County fugitive was inside, along with a felon in possession of a handgun and a rifle.

The suspects first tried to escape toward Elkhart county. Troopers chased the car past several county roads back down to the Lake Wawasee area, and then over into Noble County.

Once in Noble County, the suspects led officers down US33 toward Churubusco at speeds up to 100 mph.

Authorities said the suspects were throwing bags out of the window, including a handgun.

The suspects then went east onto SR 205 into DeKalb County and were on their way to Auburn.

That's when a DeKalb County Sheriff's Department Deputy tossed stop-sticks at SR 205 at CR60.

One tire hit the stop sticks and slowed them down.

While in Auburn the suspect vehicle ran off the road through a fence behind the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Museum property, then came back on road and headed southbound on Tonkel Road into Allen County. 

On Tonkel Road, just south of Hollopeter Road, the car ran off the road and into the ditch. The car lost control and overturned onto its side.

Officers quickly took driver Ricky Johnson, 40, of Warsaw, and passenger Angela Rogers, 37, of Rochester, into custody.

Another passenger was trapped inside the wreckage. Police were able to overturn the car back onto its wheels. Shortly after, authorities took the third passenger into custody.

Medical personnel rushed all three people to the hospital to get checked out.

State Police said the male passenger was released from custody with no charges after he got checked out at the hospital.

Police arrested Johnson and Rogers in connection to the chase.

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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