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Thursday, March 14, 2019 12:20 pm

Police: Chase ends with driver crashing into house

JIM CHAPMAN | The Journal Gazette

A Fort Wayne man was arrested early Thursday after after crashing a car into a house while leading police on a chase on the city's northwest side, police said.

A police officer noticed a Ford Taurus that matched the description of a stolen vehicle in the Economy Inn parking lot on Coliseum Boulevard West. As the officer approached the vehicle, the driver, later identified as Curtis Thomas, 27, took off on Coliseum, a police report said.

Thomas turned south on Goshen Avenue and disregarded the officer's attempts to stop him, the report said. It said he reached speeds of 90 mph approaching West State Boulevard and almost hit a civilian vehicle after turning east onto State.

Thomas lost control and crashed the vehicle into the front porch of a home on West State, the report said. It said he got out of the car and ran south between houses, jumping one security fence, but was unable to climb another fence, causing it to break.

Thomas continued running but was caught before trying to scale another taller wooden fence in the rear of the 600 block of Florence Avenue, the report said.

Police later spoke to a woman who said Thomas hit her in the face, chest and legs at her home Monday night. She said Thomas threatened to kill her and she believed he was being abusive because he was "coming down" off drugs, the report said.

Thomas was charged with felony resisting law enforcement and misdemeanor resisting law enforcement, reckless driving causing property damage and domestic battery. He also was charged with driving with a suspended license and expired license plates.