Suspect wanted on federal weapon charges arrested after Tues. chase, manhunt

Deputies: Suspect caught after chase and crash

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Vanderburgh County Deputies say a Branchville, Indiana man wanted on a state parole warrant is in custody after fleeing a crash on N. Saint Joseph Avenue.

It happened around 8 p.m. Tuesday night.

Deputies say they, along with Indiana State Police troopers assigned to the United States Marshalls Service Fugitive Task Force were conducting an investigation in the vicinity of W. Franklin St. and Read St. in Evansville.

The target of their investigation was wanted violent felon, Freddie Demarka Reed III.

They say Reed had an outstanding Indiana State parole warrant, and an active Vanderburgh County felony warrant for possession of narcotics.

Deputies say Reed has an extensive arrest record, and was known to be armed and dangerous.

His previous arrests include Burglary, Possession of a Firearm as a Convicted Felon, Dealing in Methamphetamine and Dealing in Cocaine.

During the the investigation, deputies say Task Force officers found Reed driving a dark blue 2005 Ford 500 sedan with false Kentucky license plates.

The officers tried to stop him, but they say Reed sped off and a chase reached 80mph as Reed fled west on W. Franklin St.

At the intersection of W. Franklin St. and N. Saint Joseph Ave., they say Reed failed to stop at the red traffic light and crashed into a gray 2015 Toyota RAV4.

The impact spun the RAV4 and flipped it onto it’s side. The driver of the RAV4 had minor injuries.

Deputies say Reed’s vehicle came to rest only feet from the Pizza King restaurant building.

They say Reed ran from the scene.

Officers established a perimeter while a Sheriff’s Office K9 team assigned to the Task Force tracked Reed’s path of escape.

Deputies say Reed was caught about 30 minutes later in an alley off of Bell Ave., a few blocks north of W. Franklin St.

Freddie Reed
Freddie Reed (Source: Vanderburgh County Jail)

During his arrest, officers say they discovered Reed to be in possession of 28 grams of crystal methamphetamine.

A passenger in Reed’s vehicle was was not hurt in the crash.

A puppy, which is believed to belong to Reed, was taken to Vanderburgh County Animal Control.

Reed was treated at an area hospital for a dog bite and injuries from the crash.

He was later released from the hospital and booked into the Vanderburgh County Jail.

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