The Journal Gazette
Friday, January 11, 2019 11:54 am

Guilty plea entered in burglary that preceded officer's death

Matthew LeBlanc | The Journal Gazette

A man who led police on a chase before a Fort Wayne police officer collapsed and later died pleaded guilty today to felony charges of burglary, resisting police and driving after a lifetime suspension of his license.

Patrick A. Faiers, 49, was drunk and stole a pickup from a construction business when he led police on the high-speed chase Sept. 10, according to court documents.

The chase ended in a wooded area on the city's south side, and Faiers was arrested Sept. 10.

Officer David Tinsley, 50, helped chase him down but collapsed on the way back to his car after Faiers was captured. He was pronounced dead at a hospital after officers at the scene tried to revive him.

Faiers will serve three years in prison, according to a plea agreement filed today in Allen Superior Court. Charges of theft, criminal mischief and criminal trespass will be dropped as part of the agreement.


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