Two hurt in motorcycle crash during high-speed police chase in Goshen

GOSHEN – Two people were hurt during a high-speed chase with Goshen police that was alcohol-related early Tuesday morning.

Investigators say just before 2:00 a.m., an officer saw two men on a motorcycle passing cars at a high rate of speed. The officer turned on his lights and tried to stop the motorcycle at Indiana Ave. and Pike St.

The driver of the motorcycle failed to stop and drove even faster to try to flee from the officer.

The pursuit continued while the motorcycle driver ran stop signs at 7th and 8th St. and Lincolnway East before he lost control of the bike in the 2600 block of Lincolnway, drove off the road and crashed at Rap Automotive.

18-year-old Erick Ponce of Goshen was a passenger on the motorcycle and was airlifted to South Bend’s Memorial Hospital with leg injuries.

The driver of the bike was identified as 24-year-old Carlos Delgado, also of Goshen. He was taken to IU Health Goshen for treatment.

Both men’s injuries don't appear to be life threatening.

After being released from the hospital, police were planning to haul Delgado to the Elkhart County Jail.

Due to the consumption of alcohol contributing to the accident, the Elkhart County FACT team was called to the scene.

Delgado faces charges of driving with a suspended license, speeding, disregarding traffic lights, resisting law enforcement resulting in serious bodily injury, and operating a vehicle while intoxicated resulting in serious bodily injury.