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Wanted Man Arrested After Chase, Crash


A wanted felon is in custody after a police pursuit that ended in a crash on Evansville’s West Side.

The Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s office says deputies, state troopers, and federal officers were looking for 40-year-old Freddie Demarka Reed III in the area of Franklin and Reed streets Tuesday night.

In a release, the sheriff’s office said Reed had outstanding warrants for possession of narcotics and was known to be armed and dangerous.

Officers said they spotted Reed driving a car with false Kentucky license plates and attempted to stop the vehicle, but Reed fled from them at a high rate of speed.

The sheriff’s office said the pursuit reached 80 mph, and as Reed approached the busy intersection of Franklin and St. Joe he ran a red light and collided with an SUV.

Reed’s car came to rest just feet from the Pizza King restaurant, where deputies said Reed got out and ran.

He was taken into custody with help of a police K-9 about a half hour later in an alley off Bell Avenue.

The sheriff’s office said Reed was in possession of 28 grams of crystal methamphetamine.

The driver of the SUV suffered minor injuries. A passenger in Reed's vehicle was not injured in the crash. A puppy believed to belong to Reed was taken to Vanderburgh County Animal Control.

Reed was treated at a hospital for a dog bite and injuries from the crash, and then booked into the Vanderburgh County Jail.