Man leads police on high-speed chase from Elkhart County to St. Joseph County, results in crash

ELKHART COUNTY, Ind. - Elkhart County authorities report that 43-year-old Christopher Solley-Mead led police on a high-speed chase starting on Old US Highway 33 after police attempted to pull him over on Monday morning.

Police say around 10:45 a.m. Monday, Solley-Mead was driving a 2004 Maroon Grand Prix when he disregarded a stop sign around County Road 3 and La Rue Street.

After that, documents state he fled from a pursuing officer.

Authorities state Solley-Mead then drove recklessly westbound on Old U.S. Highway 33 from County Road 3, passing multiple vehicles on the right and into oncoming traffic.

Documents go on to say Solley-Mead continued to flee into St. Joseph County, at a high rate of speed, still passing on the right and traveling into oncoming traffic.

At the intersection of Lincolnway East and Capital Avenue, Solley-Mead collided with a Ford F150 head on.

Police say Solley-Mead began to resist law enforcement by getting out of his vehicle and running westbound away from the scene of the crash.

The report adds Solley-Mead continued to resist and battered a police officer by biting the officer's left arm.

Solley-Mead was taken to Elkhart County Jail for resisting law enforcement, reckless driving, driving while suspended prior, and an existing warrant for theft.

The Elkhart County Sheriff's Office will request the following charges in St. Joseph County, resisting law enforcement in a vehicle, resisting law enforcement on foot causing injury, battery on a law enforcement officer, and leaving the scene of a personal injury crash.

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