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Chase suspect caught after getting trapped in tree


Warsaw police caught a suspected drunk driver after he apparently climbed a tree in an attempt to escape.

Police say around 3:30am officers spotted a silver Chrysler 200 driving out of Lucerne Park with no lights at a high speed.  Officers chased after the vehicle that was going over 100 miles per hour to County Road 600 where the Chrysler crashed into a tree.

Police took three passengers into custody at the scene of the crash, but they were all released without charges.  The driver apparently fled on foot into a wooded area. 

A K-9 unit was called out and tracked the suspect.  Police found him stuck up in tree about 8 feet off the ground.  The Atwood Fire Department was able to come out and get the man free.

The driver, Jeremy Neibert of Winona Lake, denied a breathalyzer test, but police got a search warrant and took a blood draw.  Neibert is facing charges of Resisting Arrest with a Vehicle, Fleeing Law Enforcement, and Criminal Recklessness.  He could also face an Operating a Vehicle while Intoxicated charge pending the results of the blood test.

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