Police seek suspect after chase in Johnson County
GREENWOOD, Ind. (Aug. 25, 2015) – Police in Johnson County are looking for a man who led them on a chase through farm fields.
It happened Tuesday morning near State Road 37 and Fairview Road around 8 a.m. According to Greenwood police, the white truck involved in the chase was reported stolen and involved in a hit-and-run crash Monday night. An officer recognized the truck on Fry Road Tuesday and started the pursuit.
It continued to Indy Family Farms at 110 Bluffdale Drive in Greenwood. Owner Rob Richards told FOX59 he and workers heard police sirens and saw emergency vehicles at the farm. At one point, the suspect was blocked off by a pickup truck, crashed into it and hit a building. The suspect then got out of the truck and ran away.
“We were out just harvesting some swiss chard and heard this roar coming from the north end of the field. I looked up said said – ‘Natasha look out!’ – and this truck comes barreling through our fields with two cop cars right behind,” said Keegan Ramey, Production Manager at Indy Family Produce
“It wasn’t until after we saw the crash and the cops chasing him… that we saw some kids come out of the truck… and your heart sinks at that point,” Ramey said.
Police said a woman and children were inside the suspect’s vehicle. The woman called 911 during the pursuit, police said. She and the children were taken to a nearby hospital as a precaution.
Meanwhile, another employee says he tried to grab the suspect after he crashed and ran from the truck.
“He got out on foot and the officer said ‘get him’ so I started running and I got the back of him and it tripped us both up. I didn’t get him down unfortunately, ” said Tyler Hardin, Indy Family Farms Employee
Police and K-9 units have been looking for the suspect along the Honey Creek area.
“Unfortunately he has a lot of cover with the tree line around Honey Creek and then Honey Creek feeds into White River, which is about a mile away, so there’s plenty of woods and tree line for him to find cover,” Richards explained.
The suspect was later identified as Bradley Criswell, 28, of Mooresville.