The man who led police on a chase that ended with a Fort Wayne police officer collapsing was ordered today to spend three years in prison on charges unrelated to the officer's death.
Patrick A. Faiers, 49, pleaded guilty in January to felony charges of burglary, resisting police and driving after a lifetime suspension of his license. He was not charged in officer David Tinsley's death.
Faiers was sentenced this morning in Allen Superior Court, and charges of theft, criminal mischief and criminal trespass were dropped as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors.
He was drunk when he stole a pickup Sept. 10 from a construction business and led police on the chase. Tinsley, 50, helped capture Faiers and collapsed on the way back to his car. Police at the scene tried to revive him, but they were unsuccessful.