Update: 20-minute Police chase ends in driver's arrest in Tippecanoe Co.

A driver is in jail after a police chase in Tippecanoe County on Friday, Sept. 11.

Posted: Sep 12, 2020 11:34 AM
Updated: Sep 12, 2020 12:31 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) -- A driver is in jail after a 20 min. police chase in Tippecanoe County on Friday night. 

It started around 8:45 p.m. on I-65 near the 175-exit. Indiana State Police Trooper Ben Fike was driving southbound on I-65 in an unmarked black Dodge Charger when he saw a car with improper tail lights speeding. Trooper Fike tried to stop the speeding red Pontiac Firebird but the driver, who has been identified as Van Nice Jr. of Anderson refused to pull over. That's when the police chase initiated. 

The pursuit started on southbound I-65 then Nice left the interstate at the 168-exit and turned east onto State Rd. 38. Once Nice made it to the town of Dayton, he made several turns onto city streets. According to ISP, some of those turns were in effort to make Trooper Fike crash. Nice drove back onto State Rd. 38 heading west until reaching Veterans Memorial Pkwy where he turned north. A Tippecanoe County deputy tried to deploy stop stickers on Veterans Memorial Pkwy but was unsuccessful. 

Nice continued traveling north on Veterans Memorial Pkwy until reaching State Rd. 26 where he turned east. Indiana State Police report Nice traveled several county roads and disregarded multiple stop signs before turning into a driveway on N County Rd 725 E. Nice drove through the side yard of the home and onto a gravel drive. He lost control of the car and hit a tree head-on. ISP troopers and Tippecanoe Co. deputies got Nice into custody at 9:07 p.m. Troopers found out that the red Pontiac Firebird was reported stolen out of Anderson during the police chase. Nice was not injured. 

Nice is being held on four charges at the Tippecanoe County Jail: 

-Resisting Law Enforcement with a Vehicle - Level 6 Felony

-Possession of a Stolen Vehicle - Level 6 Felony

-Habitual Traffic Violator - Level 6 Felony

-Felony Warrant for Traffic Offenses-Indiana

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