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NMPD reports two Wednesday incidents

by ANDREW CHRISTMAN - achristman@wabashplaindealer.com

NORTH MANCHESTER — The North Manchester Police Department responded to two incidents during routine service Wednesday, April 11.

The first, according to an announcement from NMPD chief Jim Kirk, occurred at 2:06 p.m. after dispatch received a call in reference to a 2-year-old accidentally being locked inside a vehicle in Laketon.

The mother of the child reportedly told dispatch the child was able to put the key in the ignition and start the vehicle. A short time after police arrival, the child turned the vehicle off before starting to spray Lysol air freshener throughout the vehicle. Kirk and patrolman Brian Hammons were able to unlock the vehicle, the report said.

After the child was removed from the vehicle, the child was checked out by Parkview Ambulance service due to the spraying of the air freshener, the report said.

The second incident, which occurred at 5:50 p.m., happened after NMPD officer Devin Bechtold attmepted to make a traffic stop near the intersection of North Sycamore and East 3rd streets during Operation Pull Over. 

The driver of the vehicle, identified as Wade Beck, 22, of South Whitley, reportedly exited the vehicle fled the scene on foot. After Bechtold attempted to locate Beck, Beck reportedly returned to his vehicle and took off at a high rate of speed before turning into an alley and exiting the vehicle again, the report said.

Officers received a complaint from a woman in the area, who stated a man matching Beck’s description had entered her home to use her restroom without her permission. Beck was then reportedly identified on the roof, from which jumped off and began running again before being apprehended by Bechtold and NMPD officer Isaac Adams, the report said.

Beck was charged with resisting law enforcement, resisting law enforcement with a motor vehicle, possession of methamphetamine, unlawful possession of a syringe, possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia, maintaining a common nuisance, residential entry, reckless driving and criminal mischief, according to NMPD. Beck was also served a warrant for probation violation, maintaining a common nuisance, unlawful possession of a syringe and possession of paraphernalia.

The traffic stop was initiated when Beck reported failed to signal within 200 feet, according to NMPD. He was cited with no proof of financial responsibility and failure to signal.