ADAMS COUNTY, Ind. — Two people accused of leading police on a chase spanning two states and 100 miles before firing shots at a SWAT team have been arrested.
Nick Mingus and Michael McGee are accused of stealing a semi-truck just after midnight in Riverside, Ohio, WHIO reported. Shortly after the theft, officers tried to stop the truck, but the driver of the truck refused to stop and instead got onto Interstate 75 north, while firing shots at police, Riverside police Maj. Matthew Sturgeon told WHIO.
Around 2:15 a.m., the pursuit moved into Adams County, Indiana, and deputies there joined the chase. Despite using multiple stop sticks, the truck continued driving, WANE reported. State police told WANE the truck eventually ran off the road and got stuck in a ditch outside of Berne, Indiana.
In a news release, Indiana State Police said that once the truck was stuck, the two suspects barricaded themselves inside, and multiple police agencies responded, as well as a SWAT team. Police said that at approximately 5:00 a.m. Michael McGee got out of the truck and surrendered to the police.
At 5:10 a.m., police said SWAT found a second suspect in the cab, Nick Mingus, who was hiding. In a news release, police said gunshots were fired from inside the truck, hitting the SWAT vehicle. SWAT sent tear gas into the truck, causing Mingus to exit the truck and surrender.
As soon as Mingus got out of the truck, a fire started inside of the vehicle, eventually engulfing it in flames and destroying it. In their news release, police said they did not know how or why the fire started.
Both men were taken to jail and face charges of attempted murder, auto theft, and resisting law enforcement, WANE reported.
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