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Two State Pursuit Ends In Sturgis
Friday Aug 03, 2018 10:57am
Sturgis, MI

By: Mike Stiles/Sheila McCrea/Tim Murray

A pursuit ended Wednesday in a retention pond at the Sturgis Waste Water Treatment Plant (photo courtesy of Sturgis Police)

(STURGIS) – A pursuit that began in Steuben County ended in Sturgis Wednesday evening.

The Steuben County Sheriff's Department responded to the Wendy’s restaurant at the Pilot truck stop on Old 27 to a report of some intoxicated individuals.

Deputies found a vehicle matching the description they were given leaving the area south bound on Old 27. As the vehicle turned west onto County Road 700 North, it committed several traffic violations.

The vehicle failed to pull over when deputies attempted to stop it. The vehicles entered LaGrange County, then turned north and entered Michigan around 10:50 PM where the Sturgis Police Department joined the chase.

The pursuit went into an industrial area and finally came to an end when the vehicle drove into a retention pond at the Sturgis Waste Water Treatment Plant. Controlled substances were found in the vehicle, which was reported as stolen from Hillsdale, MI.

The driver was identified as 27 year old Travis Fitch of Fremont. He is charged with fleeing and eluding, possession of meth with intent to distribute, possession of a stolen vehicle and operating while intoxicated.

The passengers were 41 year old James Scott of Kendallville and 30 year old Brandon Shockley of Muncie. Scott is facing drug offenses and some outstanding warrants.

Fitch and Scott are being held in the St. Joseph County Jail without bond pending a hearing. Shockley was cited for misdemeanor charges and released.
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