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Pursuit ends in arrest

April 5, 2017 GMT

The shoplifter had a penchant for Nike. Taken were two blue Nike T-shirts valued at 60; a blue/teal Nike jacket, 28.

On March 31, Sundarpal Singh Ghotra, 22, of the 1100 block of Emma Star Cove left a Kohl’s store about 4:15 p.m. He removed the tags and concealed the merchandise on himself, according to court documents.

He was approached outside the store and allegedly passed the items to a second party, documents said.

Then he got into his 1985 Ford F-150 pickup truck.

The responding officer arrived to see Ghotra driving away from the back of the store. The officer turned on his lights and siren, but Ghotra did not stop.

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Ghotra sped up, taking police on a chase past a stop sign at Noble Drive in Northcrest Shopping Center and past another stop sign before he turned onto Coldwater Road, documents said.

Ghotra sideswiped a Toyota Prius at Ley and Industrial roads and still didn’t stop.

The pursuit ended at Lima and West Washington Center roads after Ghotra struck a pole at Valley Hills Trailer Park. He then fled on foot.

Officers found forced entry and a muddy shoe print on the front door of a home. Using a K-9 track from the truck that led to the trailer’s front door, officers set up a perimeter and waited for Ghotra to come out.

While Ghotra was escorted to the patrol vehicle, he asked which officer had pursued him. When the police officer identified himself as the pursuer, Ghotra bragged that the officer hadn’t been able to keep up with him, documents said.

Later, Ghotra said he fled because there was a warrant for his arrest. He admitted fleeing the scene of the two crashes but denied stealing from Kohl’s.

Ghotra was released from the Allen County Jail on a total bond of $3,500, a jail spokesman said.

He was charged with resisting law enforcement using a vehicle to commit the offense and misdemeanor charges of conversion and two counts of leaving the scene of an accident.

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