Written by Navar Watson with the Chronicle Tribune. Originally published on chronicle-tribune.com
A Fowlerton man is facing numerous charges following a pursuit with Marion police Tuesday.
Marion Police Department responded to Steak ’n Shake, 2624 S. Western Ave., at 2:40 a.m. for a possible fight. Dispatchers told officers one individual involved in the fight had left the restaurant, fleeing northbound on S. Western Avenue, according to an MPD press release.
While driving in the area of 16th Street and S. Western Avenue, Capt. Chris Butche discovered a blue Ford Fusion parked at Kentucky Fried Chicken, 1301 W. 16th St., with its headlights turned on.
When Butche approached the vehicle, the driver drove forward, jumped the curb of the parking lot, drove through the grass and hopped the curb onto South Western Avenue. Butche activated his lights and police siren and followed the Ford Fusion east on 17th Street.
The driver of the Ford Fusion, later identified as Brandon Kinder, 32, of Fowlerton, parked his vehicle near Jackson Street and fled on foot, according to the press release.
Officers checked the area of the 900 block of West 17th Street and discovered Kinder laying face down on the ground underneath some brush. Kinder refused to heed officers’ commands, the release said, and was tased as a result.
Officers took him into custody without further incident. They also located keys to the Ford Focus and a backpack in the area where they found Kinder.
The backpack contained syringes and a “burnt spoon type paraphernalia consistent with heroin use.”
A PNC Bank debit card belonging to Anita Helsley-Biggs, 43, of Middletown, was also discovered in the backpack.
Officers later discovered Helsley-Biggs owned the Ford Fusion. Upon contact with MPD, Helsley-Biggs said she had recently reported her vehicle and debit card stolen to Chesterfield Police Department.
Kinder was transported to the Grant County Jail. He faces preliminary police charges of auto theft, possession of stolen property, resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, resisting law enforcement, unlawful possession of a syringe, possession of paraphernalia, false informing and possession of methamphetamine.