Man accused of leading police on chase with cocaine in vehicle, child in backseat

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. - A man was arrested for resisting law enforcement and possession of cocaine after allegedly leading police on a chase on August 11, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Orlandes Washington was arrested on the following charges:

  • Resisting law enforcement
  • Neglect of a dependent
  • Possession of cocaine
  • Intimidation
  • Criminal mischief

On August 11, an officer with the South Bend Police Department was dispatched for a ShotSpotter notification and, upon reaching the area of Calvert and Taylor Streets, found a vehicle seemingly driving in an attempt to get away from the officer, according to reports.

The driver of the vehicle allegedly made multiple immediate turns and ignored a stop sign, reports said.

When the officer tried to stop the vehicle, the driver sped off, allegedly reaching speeds of approximately 100 miles per hour on Prairie Avenue, according to police.

The pursuit continued until the vehicle crashed into a detached garage in the 2200 block of Highland Avenue.

The officer ordered the driver, identified as Washington, out of the vehicle.

Also in the vehicle were a woman in the front passenger seat and a one-year-old child in a car seat in the back.

The officer found cocaine in the front passenger door pocket while searching the vehicle, reports said.

While Washington was in the patrol vehicle, he allegedly kicked the window until he damaged it.

During the booking process, Washington allegedly cursed at officers and said he was going to "come and see" the officer who arrested him, saying he was going to knock him out as soon as he could.

When another officer told him that was intimidation, Washington responded, "that is not intimidation, that is a fact I am knocking him out," reports said.

Washington is due in court on August 25.

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