ANGOLA, Ind. (ADAMS) – Indiana State Police say a Michigan man is behind bars after a chase in Angola on Thursday morning. Shortly before 3:00 a.m., Troopers from the Indiana State Police Fort Wayne Post were requested to assist the Williams County Sheriff’s Department with a high-speed police pursuit coming into Indiana out of Williams County, Ohio. Williams County Deputies had apparently attempted to stop a 1993 Cadillac El Dorado passenger car operating with no tail lights, matching the description of a vehicle possibly involved in an earlier pursuit with the Michigan State Police. While being pursued in Ohio, speeds reached over 100mph, and the occupants were observed throwing items out the windows.
Once the pursuit crossed the state line and entered into Steuben County on Indiana SR427 near CR550E, ISP Trooper Alejandro Hernandez became involved. The pursuit continued north on SR1, then west on Metz Rd at continued high rates of speed. Officers from the Angola Police Department were able to get ahead of the pursuit and successfully deploy a tire deflation device at the intersection of Metz Rd and US20. Both of the suspect vehicle’s front tires struck the deflation device. The lead Ohio deputy’s vehicle also struck the deflation device, rendering that police vehicle disabled.
The suspect vehicle continued west on US20 with shredded front tires, eventually entering into the city of Angola, where ISP Trooper Ben Walker took over the pursuit. The suspect vehicle failed to negotiate the curves at the circle monument (the Mound) in downtown Angola and crashed into a large concrete planter. The suspect driver (later identified as) Kyle David Eichler, 22, of Adrian, Michigan, fled the crash scene on foot. Trooper Walker was able to apprehend Eichler at the intersection of Gilmore and Wayne streets after a short foot chase without further use of force.
The two adult passengers in Eichler’s vehicle, Cheyenne Leigh Huntington, 20, of Three Rivers, Michigan and Hezekiah William Hall, 19, of Tecumseh, Michigan, were taken into custody by Trooper Hernandez as they attempted to exit the vehicle. Both sustained injuries as a result of the crash and were transported to Cameron Hospital in Angola for treatment. Huntington was later flown to Parkview Regional Medical Center (PRMC) in Fort Wayne. Both passengers’ medical conditions, although not life-threatening, are unknown at this time.
After a medical evaluation at Cameron Hospital, Eichler was transported to the Steuben County Jail, where he was booked into custody on several felony and misdemeanor charges, including three outstanding arrest warrants. Huntington and Hall are not being charged at this time.
Kyle David Eichler, 22, Adrian, Michigan
Resisting Law Enforcement, Level 6 Felony
Resisting Law Enforcement, Misdemeanor
Reckless Driving, Misdemeanor
Leaving the Scene of a Personal Injury Crash, Misdemeanor
Failure to Identify, Misdemeanor
(Michigan Warrant) Assault w/Dangerous Weapon
(Michigan Warrant) Obstruction of Justice
(Michigan Warrant) Failure to Appear
*Indiana State Police remind that all charges are merely allegations, and all criminal defendants should be presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.