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Two hurt after Fort Wayne pursuit ends in crash

Police say the 22-year-old driver and unidentified passenger were seriously hurt after he tried to elude police late Sunday night.

Posted: Aug 12, 2019 8:42 AM
Updated: Aug 13, 2019 8:51 AM

FORT WAYNE, IN (WFFT) -- Two men inside a car were seriously hurt Sunday night after police say the driver led them on a high-speed pursuit before crashing the car into a gas station sign. 

Fort Wayne police arrested and charged the driver, 22-year-old Travious Shepard, with resisting law enforcement and possession of a handgun without a license, both felonies. An unidentified passenger is not facing charges.

The events unfolded just before 11 p.m. Sunday in the Villages of Hanna. Police say detectives with the Gang and Violent Crimes Unit spotted a vehicle that matched the description of a vehicle possibly involved in multiple shots-fired investigations. 

Police say they attempted to pull the vehicle over for a traffic infraction but Shepard refused to stop. 

Officers deployed a tire deflation device on Hessen Cassel Road. Police say Shepard swerved to avoid the device but failed, deflating two tires and causing him to lose control of the car. The car crashed into the Shell gas station sign Hessen Cassel Road and Mckinnie Avenue. 

Both Shepard and the passenger were taken to the hospital in serious condition. Police say both are expected to survive. 

Because the crash was the result of a pursuit, a crash investigation team is investigating. 

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