Authorities arrested a Miami County man Tuesday afternoon after they said he led police on a car chase and then locked himself inside his home.
Jason Fites, 45 of Macy, is facing charges for resisting law enforcement, criminal recklessness with a firearm, possession of heroin, possession of methamphetamine, dealing heroin, dealing methamphetamine, pointing a loaded firearm, violent felon in possession of a handgun and possession of a syringe, a news release from the Indiana State Police said.
He was taken into custody just before 4 p.m.
The incident leading to Fites’ arrest began around noon when officers from the Cass County Drug Task Force were conducting surveillance at a hotel in Peru, searching for Fites who, according to the release, was wanted on a Tippecanoe County arrest warrant for violation of his parole on a class A felony charge from 2012.
Officers observed Fites leave the hotel in his GMC Sierra pickup truck and requested assistance from the Indiana State Police to stop the truck.
Just before 1 p.m., Trooper Jon Cole initiated a traffic stop on Fites east of U.S. 31 on Miami County Road 400 North.
Fites initially stopped, police said, but then led officers on an approximately 15-minute pursuit.
“The chase ended when Fites stopped the truck, on Miami County Road 1100 North, and ran into his residence at 1311 East,” the news release said. “During that pursuit, Fites had allegedly fired a gunshot on State Road 19 near Miami County Road 700 North. The shot was purportedly fired when Fites was driving by a Miami County Sheriff’s Officer who was placing stop sticks in the road. The officer was not injured.”
Police said that Fites refused to exit his home.
His elderly father and a female caretaker were also inside the residence, according to teh release, but both were later able to exit and were taken to safety by officers.
Indiana State Police negotiators eventually made contact with Fites via cell phone.
“After approximately two and a half hours of negotiation, Fites still refused to exit the home,” the release said. “Fites finally surrendered as officers from the Indiana State Police SWAT were beaching the front door to his residence. He was taken into custody without further incident.”
During a subsequent search of Fites’ home and truck, officers said they found methamphetamine, heroin, a syringe, three handguns, ammunition, and $5,800 in United States currency, according to the release.
The investigation is ongoing.
The Miami County Sheriff’s Office, the Peru Police Department, and the Miami County Prosecutor’s Office assisted during the incident.