Pursuit Ends With Crash In Michigan City and Officer Injury
On Monday at approximately 7:45pm, Officers from shift two of the Michigan City Police Department responded to a report of three male subjects fighting in the 700 block of Belden with one reportedly having a knife. Upon arrival of Officer Cody Washluske and Matthew Babcock, observed several individuals outside the residence and an additional red Chevy Tahoe parked in the middle of the road. As Officer Babcock had his emergency lights activated, and before he could exit the vehicle, the red Chevy Tahoe began driving in reverse, and accelerated towards Officer Babcock’s police car. With no chance for reaction the Tahoe struck Officer Babcock’s vehicle causing severe damage to the front end and deployment of the airbags. Officer Babcock sustained immediate injury to his left hand. The Tahoe then sped off going around Officer Washluske’s marked unit and a pursuit ensued throughout the neighborhoods with speeds in excess of 50 miles per hour. Eventually, the Tahoe approached the intersection of Thurman and Lafayette attempting to turn southbound, the driver lost control of the vehicle and it crashed into the wall of the AK Smith Center. The driver, identified as 28 year old Spencer Spangler, of Michigan City was immediately placed under arrest. Inside the vehicle was a 15-year-old female passenger who was turned over to her parents. Although the police unit was a total loss, we are grateful that Officer Babcock just received minor injury. Spencer Spangler was charged with the following: Resisting Law Enforcement with a vehicle, Operating While Intoxicated causing injury, Operating While Intoxicated with a minor in the vehicle, Leaving the Scene of an Accident , and Reckless Driving.
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