BOONE COUNTY — An early morning police pursuit ended with the capture of a man wanted on various charges out of Louisville.
According to a report from the Boone County Sheriff's Office, it started around 1:47 a.m. Wednesday when the Thorntown Police Department attempted to make a traffic stop on a Ford Explorer that was traveling north on Interstate 65 near the 147 mile marker. The officer was attempting to stop the vehicle for simple traffic violations — speeding, unsafe lane movement, following too closely.
Deputies said the Explorer fled north on the interstate in an attempt to elude the officer and officers from the Lebanon Police Department and the Boone County Sheriff's Office responded to assist with the pursuit.
During the pursuit, the vehicle crashed as it attempted to cross the interstate median. Deputies said an individual fled the vehicle on foot heading west into a field.
During the investigation, deputies learned the Explorer was reported stolen out of Louisville. Investigators also found an ID card belonging to a homicide victim from Louisville in the vehicle.
Around 6:13 a.m. Wednesday, Clinton County Dispatch received a call of a suspicious person in the area with a firearm on his hip. When law enforcement arrived in the area, they found a man walking in the area who began to flee through a cultivated cornfield. A perimeter was set up by multiple law enforcement agencies and at 9:15 a.m. the man was found hidden in thick brush of Interstate 65 at the 150 mile marker.
Officers did not locate a gun on the individual, but efforts to recover a gun continue, deputies said.
A 20-year-old man from Louisville was taken to a local hospital for evaluation and then transported to the Boone County Jail where he is being held on charges out of Louisville for escape, failure to appear, and probation violation. The man will also face local charges, deputies said.
The incident remains under investigation.