FORT WAYNE – When used properly, a motorcycle helmet typically goes unnoticed.
It’s simply a kind object people see every day.
But if you wear one while driving a car, you might draw attention – maybe even from police officers.
A Fort Wayne man wanted for shooting two women led police on both foot and car chases Thursday, making a not-so-inconspicuous choice of headwear in the process.
Allen County sheriff’s officers caught and took into custody 34-year-old Stephen Dale Walker about 11:40 a.m. in a field off Diebold Road.
According to the Allen County Lockup, he is charged with two counts of battery resulting in serious injury, three counts of criminal recklessness, two counts of resisting law enforcement and one count each of aggravated battery, auto theft/receiving stolen auto parts and criminal mischief.
Walker was being held without bail.
Police had been looking for Walker since Monday night, after two women were shot in the Dupont Estates trailer park. He was accused of being the gunman.
Officers were back in that area Thursday morning looking for leads when they spotted Walker.
Walker ran from officers and hopped into a vehicle and sped off. Later, officers spotted him driving a blue Lexus, wearing a motorcycle helmet.The chase culminated in the parking lot of the Carmike 20 movie theater on Dupont Road.
There, Walker struck an Allen County police vehicle with his car, then drove through a fence and into a field off Diebold, police said.
The car stopped, and he was taken into custody without injuries to himself or officers, Allen County sheriff’s spokesman Cpl. Jeremy Tinkel said.
Everybody did a good job communicating with each other, and it was a good arrest, said Tinkel of the officers involved. We took a dangerous person off the street.
One of the women Walker is accused of shooting suffered serious injuries, while the other was listed in fair condition at the time of the shooting.
Walker, of the 8100 block of North Clinton Street, is a registered sex offender, according to the sheriff’s department website.
In three separate Allen County cases, he was convicted of domestic battery in 2007, sexual misconduct with a minor in 2007 and sexual misconduct with a minor again in 2012. All three convictions resulted in prison time, according to the Indiana Department of Correction.