A Fort Wayne man was arrested on multiple charges following a police chase early Wednesday near the Chain O Lakes State Park in Albion.
According to Noble County police, the Noble County Sheriff’s Department received a call at 12:42 a.m. Wednesday regarding a disturbance at the Chain O Lakes State Park. Deputies learned from the caller that an intoxicated man was driving around the park and that he had a lifetime license suspension.
A short time later, while at the entrance to the park, the man drove up to the front gate in an attempt to exit the park. Deputies reportedly instructed the man, later identified as Charlie Marcum II of Fort Wayne, to exit his vehicle. Marcum refused and accelerated westbound out of the park onto C.R. 75 S. Two Noble County deputies then began pursuit of the vehicle, which turned south onto Ind. 9 and continued until coming to the intersection of Ind. 9 and U.S. 33. The vehicle then turned south onto U.S. 33 and the pursuit continued.
At that point in the chase, a Churubusco police officer successfully laid down spike strips and took out the vehicle’s front passenger side tire. The pursuit continued on U.S. 33 until the vehicle eventually merged onto Goshen Road heading into downtown Fort Wayne. The vehicle then turned onto St. Mary’s Avenue until reaching a dead end, at which point Marcum pulled into a driveway, exited the vehicle and began to run from police, at which point he was quickly chased down, shot with a stun gun and taken into custody.
Following his arrest, Marcum was transported to Parkview Noble Hospital, Kendallville, where he reportedly made multiple attempts to escape before being subdued with assistance from the Kendallville Police Department.
Marcum was later transported to the Noble County Jail on charges of operating a motor vehicle while a habitual traffic violator, resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and battery on a police officer resulting in bodily injury.