Suspected drunk driver runs out of gas on interstate, runs into wall while trying to get away

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Amado Perez

Amado Perez pleaded guilty to resisting law enforcement and OWI endangering a person in May 2017. He was sentenced to 12 months in jail, suspended to probation.

DELAWARE COUNTY, Ind. – Police arrested an 18-year-old suspected of driving drunk after his car ran out of gas while he tried to evade capture.

According to Indiana State Police, 18-year-old Amado Perez refused to stop after a state trooper tried to pull him over for speeding on I-69 around 3 a.m. Monday. Trooper Brad Tucker clocked Perez’s Chevrolet Cavalier going 108 mph on I-69.

The car entered Madison County and ran over stop sticks near mile marker 234. About a mile later, the car began slowing down as it ran out of gas. Police said Perez pulled the car over, got out and ran down a hill as he tried to get away.

4 Fast Facts

  • State police try to pull over driver clocked at 108 mph on I-69
  • The driver wouldn’t pull over but eventually ran out of gas
  • He tried to run away but slammed into an INDOT wall
  • His grandmother had reported the car stolen in Fort Wayne

He ended up in some brush and briars before eventually running into an INDOT fence. Tucker took him into custody.

Perez told police he was on his way to Michigan even though he was heading southbound on I-69. Investigators later learned the Cavalier had been reported stolen by Perez’s grandmother in Fort Wayne. After a brief stay in the hospital, Perez went to the Delaware County Jail.

Charges against him include resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, auto theft, operating while intoxicated with endangerment and resisting law enforcement (fleeing). He was also written a ticket for going 108 mph in a 70 mph zone.

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