One accused of leading chase, kicking officer

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. – A man was arrested on Saturday after allegedly leading police on a chase and kicking an officer in the face while being put into a squad car, according to court documents.

On November 20, an officer with the Mishawaka Police Department tried to stop a Pontiac G6 that was traveling at a high speed heading south on Union Street, according to reports.

The Pontiac had initially turned south onto Union Street from 3rd Street.

As the Pontiac tried to turn left onto 8th Street, it hit the curb because of how fast it was traveling, reports said.

The driver, later identified as Jamie Escobedo, ran from the Pontiac, allegedly disregarding the officer’s instructions to get back into the Pontiac, according to reports.

Escobedo ran north and jumped a fence before the officer deployed his taser and Escobedo was detained, reports said.

Officers walked Escobedo to a squad car and Escobedo allegedly initially refused to get in, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Once inside the car, he then allegedly refused to put his legs inside, reports said.

An officer pushed Escobedo onto his back and Escobedo then allegedly kicked the officer in the face, hitting the officer’s jaw and forehead, according to reports.

Escobedo is being charged with resisting law enforcement and battery against a public safety official.

He is being held at the St. Joseph County Jail on a $1,250 bond.

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