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ISP cruiser stolen during traffic stop on I-69, suspect crashes in Anderson

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Posted at 4:02 PM, Apr 17, 2021

HAMILTON CO. — An Indiana State Police vehicle was involved in a crash after a Texas man allegedly stole the patrol car during an attempted arrest on I-69, north of Noblesville.

According to ISP, a state trooper was dispatched to I-69 near the 206 mile marker where dispatchers monitoring highway cameras noticed a man park his black 1999 F-150 behind an abandoned vehicle, and began peering inside.

Once the trooper arrived and approached the man, he immediately started running, according to ISP. At which point, the trooper deployed his taser, striking the suspect.

While trying to arrest the suspect, the trooper reports he began to actively resist, assaulting the trooper.

When another trooper arrived to help the one already on scene, the suspect fled in the ISP patrol car.

A police chase ensued at this point, where the suspect led police on a pursuit of circles at speeds of 140 mph.

The suspect headed southbound on I-69, where the suspect first took an exit onto 96th St. He then turned around and began traveling north on I-69, police say, eventually exiting at mile marker 214. He then turned around again and traveled south, until eventually taking an exit at the 210 mile marker — where he once again turned around and headed north on the interstate, again.

The chase ended with a crash into an SUV at 53rd St. and Scatterfield Rd in Anderson. The trooper's vehicle spun out of control and struck a semi-tractor at a traffic light, as well. Neither of the drivers were injured.

The suspect tried to escape on foot across a nearby McDonald's parking lot but was caught by Anderson police Department officers.

Later, it was found that the suspect allegedly stole a vehicle out of Effingham, Illinois. ISP also says the suspect had an active arrest warrant out of Houston, Texas for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

After his release from St. Vincent Hospital for minor injuries, the suspect was formally arrested and placed in Madison County Jail without bond. He is currently facing up to 10 charges related to this incident.