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Chase Leads to Manhunt and Capture

(La Porte County, IN) - An arrest was made following a high-speed chase and search in Union Mills over the weekend.  James Brinsfield, 46, of Trail Creek was charged with resisting law enforcement.


According to La Porte County Police, officers were called about a suspicious vehicle on Saturday night and found it outside a home on Hamilton Street with Brinsfield inside, apparently sleeping.   Supposedly waking to officers investigating the vehicle, Brinsfield started the engine and fled.


During a high-speed chase, police said the suspect drove his Ford F150 pick-up truck into, out of, and then later back into a field in the area of 800 South and Long Lane.  Officers located the unoccupied truck after following tire tracks in the dirt.


A drone with a heat sensing device located Brinsfield in a thick-brushed marshy area, about 100 yards from the vehicle which he had abandoned. Officers went into the heavily vegetated area and found him on the ground covered by his jacket and thick brush, per the authorities.


Police said Brinsfield, who seemed confused, was found with a small amount of marijuana.  In addition, a syringe was later recovered from inside his truck.


Brinsfield is being held without bond pending his initial hearing in the case.

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