Tribune staff reports
Police credit a member of the public with helping find a Jennings County man accused of stealing a car in North Vernon and leading police on a pursuit Monday afternoon.
Allen W. Williams, 30, of Commiskey faces Class D felony charges of auto theft and resisting law enforcement by fleeing in a vehicle after the incident reported at 1:45 p.m. in North Vernon, according to a news release from the North Vernon Police Department.
The incident that led to Williams’ arrest began when North Vernon Lt. Randall Marshall reported he had found a vehicle that had reportedly been stolen earlier in the day.
Marshall said he began following the GMC Jimmy while waiting for a second officer to help make the stop. Officer Jeff Day arrived to assist Marshall and the pair attempted to stop the stolen Jimmy.
That effort, however, failed as the driver instead fled at a high rate of speed, police said. The chase eventually began winding down when the motorist drove into a field off of County Road 500 East just north of County Road 150 South. The motorist continued driving into the field for about three-tenths of a mile before leaving the vehicle and fleeing into a wooded area.
Officers gave chase, then called the North Vernon Police Department K-9 unit to attempt to locate the motorist.
Williams was arrested after he was spotted by a local resident on County Road 20 North near County Road 400 East.
Officer Matt Staples went to the area and reported he drove up on Williams, who fled into the woods.
Other North Vernon officers and the K-9 unit responded.
Before attempting to track the suspect a second time, officers at the scene received another phone call and were told the suspect was running in a field a short distance away from where they were gathered.
Officers responded to that area and arrested Williams, who was booked into the Jennings County Jail at 6 p.m.
Williams, who also faces a misdemeanor charge of driving while suspended with a prior conviction, was being held in lieu of $1,055 bond. He has yet to face an initial hearing in Jennings Circuit Court.
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