Miami County, IN - A Peru couple was arrested on multiple drug charges early Wednesday morning in New Waverly after leading police on a high-speed chase with speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour.
According to Peru Police Chief Michael Meeks, the pursuit started at approximately 2:18 a.m. Wednesday morning when Officer Westfall observed a vehicle leaving the Kroger parking lot with no headlights on. The vehicle traveled south on Business 31 and rapidly accelerated to 60 miles per hour. When Officer Westfall engaged his emergency lights the vehicle continued to accelerate, pulling away from the Police vehicle at speeds approaching 100 miles per hour.
The chase continued as the vehicle turned north on US Route 31, crossing over the median and traveling north in the southbound lanes before crossing back into the northbound lanes at a top speed of 115 miles per hour. The vehicle then turned west on Division Road to County Road 500 West and across US Route 24. From there the driver proceeded to County Road 1100 East and into the town of New Waverly.
At County Road 975 East, the car came to a stop and two people exited the vehicle and ran from the scene. Officer Westfall pursued the passenger, a female, who traveled down the railroad tracks. He was able to catch her after she fell face down while running.
As other officers began to arrive on the scene, the woman was identified as April Frazier, 41, of 702 Rushburn Green, Peru. The officers searched a bag Frazier was carrying and found a clear bag with a white crystal-like substance and a clear bag with a white rock type substance. The search also recovered five individual rolls of cash banded together with rubber bands or hair ties. The crystal-like substance field tested positive for Methamphetamine. The rock-like substance tested positive for Heroin.
Ms. Frazier was placed under arrest and transported to the Miami County Jail. She is charged with Resisting Law Enforcement, Possession of Methamphetamine (F3), Dealing Methamphetamine (F2), and Possession of Narcotic Drug (F6).
Officer Brindle and his K9 partner Darro, who were off duty came in and assisted with the search. The pair began to track the driver who had also run from the vehicle. After tracking the scent for approximately one mile, the driver was located hiding behind a tree. Officers instructed the man to lay down and show his hands. The man did lay down but did not comply with the order to show his hands. K9 Darro was released to apprehend the subject. After subduing the suspect, officers were able to roll the man onto his stomach and place him in handcuffs.
The man was identified as 21-year-old Michael Sharp of 702 Rushburn Green, Peru. Officers conducted a search of Mr. Sharp’s vehicle and discovered a backpack which held two clear bags containing a white crystal-like substance and one clear bag containing a pink crystal-like substance. Both were field tested and tested positive for methamphetamine.
Mr. Sharp was transported to Dukes Memorial Hospital for treatment and then to the Miami County Jail where he was charged with Resisting Law Enforcement with a Vehicle (F6), Resisting Law Enforcement (Misd), Reckless Driving (Misd), Dealing Methamphetamine (F2), and Possession of Methamphetamine (F3).
All criminal suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.