Man Charged With Felony After Police Pursuit, Was 'Shooting At The Sky'

By Emma Koch - 21Alive

Man Charged With Felony After Police Pursuit, Was 'Shooting At The Sky'

March 14, 2014 Updated Mar 14, 2014 at 3:08 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) -- One man has been charged with a felony after a police officer witnessed shots being fired from a vehicle on Clinton.

According to police reports, an officer was sitting on Clinton St. at the Turnstone Building facing west. He heard shots and saw two vehicles driving south on Clinton with the occupants of a silver car shooting and a green minivan driving beside the car.

The officer called in shots fired to dispatch and then pursued the vehicles as they ran the red light at Lima Rd. After a short pursuit, he was able to get the minivan to pull over and the silver car kept going.

The driver of the minivan was secured in handcuffs and a knife was found on him, but no other weapons, besides knives in his vehicle. He told police that he had been driving southbound on Clinton when the vehicle next to him began shooting but at no time did he feel that the occupants of the other vehicle were shooting at him. He told police that he recognized the occupants from the Neon Armadillo earlier.

After being taken to the station and interviewed, he was released and given a citation for running the red light.

Other police units on the call caught up with the silver vehicle and performed what they call a "felony stop". The driver was first to be ordered out of the vehicle and complied and was taken into custody.

The passenger, Brian Cremins, was then ordered out of the vehicle but wasn't being cooperative according to police reports. Cremins was finally taken into custody and placed in the back of a squad car. Cremins told police the only thing he was guilty of was being drunk and having an open container.

According to reports, one of the suspects from the silver car was a white male who told police he goes by the name "Onion". Police found brass knuckles in his front pocket and several spent shell casings in the vehicle.

The driver, identified as Back in police reports, told police that he was shooting the gun out of the sunroof. Back told police that he "wasn't shooting at anyone, just shooting at the sky". According to police, he was charged with reckless driving, criminal recklessness and because he had a prior conviction for possession of a handgun without a license, his charge was enhanced to a felony.

The passenger was issued a citation for consuming alcohol in a vehicle while it was moving and released.




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