Orleans auto theft suspect flees through fields

From Local Sources


OAKLAND CITY ­— Police took an auto theft suspect from Orange County into custody Wednesday evening after chasing him through Gibson County farm fields.

The incident began at 6 p.m. when an Indiana State Police trooper in Oakland City spotted a white, 2003 Ford F-150 pickup truck that matched the description of a stolen vehicle reported earlier in Warrick County. The owner of that stolen truck also reported he had left a .22 caliber rifle inside his truck.

The trooper attempted a traffic stop after confirming the vehicle was reported stolen but the suspect, 29-year-old Brandon Pool, Orleans, accelerated to a high rate of speed and headed west on State Road 64, police said.

Pool passed Wood Memorial High School before heading east on county roads at speeds in excess of 85 mph.

Police ­— a Gibson County Sheriff’s Department deputy and Oakland City Police Chief Tim Gains joined the pursuit in their SUV patrol vehicles — continued the chase as Pool drove through a disked field and then through a bean field.

The stolen truck became hung up when Pool attempted to drive into a cornfield, police said.

Pool was arrested without further incident.

Further investigation revealed Pool had three outstanding warrants out of Lawrence County, according to police. He was booked into the Gibson County Jail on new preliminary charges that include Level 6 felony counts of resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, theft (firearm) and auto theft, plus a misdemeanor count of reckless driving.

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