2018-07-25 / Front Page

Driver of stolen vehicle flees from Putnamville Trooper


Abigail S. Acton Abigail S. Acton Wednesday, July 18 at approximately 9:37 p.m., Indiana State Police Trooper David Cox Jr. was on routine patrol near County Road 750 East and 100 North, when he noticed a white 2014 Mazda traveling at a high rate of speed. Trooper Cox activated his emergency lights and siren, at which time the driver fled southbound on CR 775 E, westbound on SR 240 and then south on CR 725E.

As the chase continued southbound, ISP Sergeant Cory Robinson, Trooper Austin Fowler and Indiana Conservation Officer Patrick Labhart intercepted the chase near CR 450 S, causing the suspects to drive through a field before returning to CR 450 South. The chase continued on various county roads and along US 40, before ending in wooded area behind the residence of 2835 S CR 275 East.

All four occupants fled on foot into the woods. Trooper David Cox Jr. and ICO Patrick Labhart captured one female occupant. An extensive search was conducted, but the other three suspects (two males and one female) currently remain at large.

The arrested female was identified as 20-year-old Abigail S. Acton of Clayton, Ind. Acton was incarcerated in the Putnam County Jail on preliminary charges of resisting law enforcement and criminal trespass filed by Trooper Cox.

The white Mazda was listed as stolen out of Morgan County Indiana and is currently being processed for evidence by ISP Crime Scene Investigator Sergeant Jim Cody.

The chase covered nearly twelve miles and lasted for approximately nineteen minutes.

The ISP investigation continues into the identity of the driver and the other two occupants. Anyone with information is urged to contact ISP Trooper David Cox Jr. at the Putnamville Post, 765-653-4114.

Also assisting were ISP Troopers Brad Fyfe, David Petrowski, and Courtland Woodruff, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, Greencastle Police Department, and Curtis Wrecker Service.

Under the Law, criminal charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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