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Police and fire


3-mile chase ends in driver’s arrest

A Ligonier man who led police on a three-mile chase was caught after he ditched his car and ran into heavy woods, according to the Noble County Sheriff’s Department.

Gary Rasler Jr., 34, was charged with operating a vehicle as a habitual traffic violator and resisting law enforcement with a vehicle.

About 6 p.m. Friday, a Noble County sheriff’s deputy tried to stop a 1997 Pontiac Firebird on County Road 900 North for a traffic violation. The driver slowed down at first but then sped north on County Road 900 West, the sheriff’s department said.

A chase ensued, and after three miles the Firebird crossed into LaGrange County where the driver pulled over on a dirt road, got out of the car and jumped a barbed wire fence.

The driver ran west through heavy woods into an open field and then into another wooded area. Police from several agencies surrounded the area, and Rasler was eventually arrested.

Records showed that his driver’s license had been suspended for 10 years, the sheriff’s department said.