Police: Multi-county chase ends with arrest of wanted man

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Stephen Crouse

FORTVILLE, Ind. (Feb. 1, 2016) – Several police agencies were involved in a pursuit Sunday after a wanted man drove away from Mt. Vernon Schools.

A Fortville police officer was doing a routine security check around 11:40 p.m. Sunday when he saw a vehicle sitting in the parking lot. The officer went to check on the driver, but the car took off. The officer followed, pursuing the car through Hancock and Madison counties.

Officers used tire deflation devices on both front tires of the vehicle, but the car continued to evade. The vehicle eventually stopped on southbound I-69 at mile marker 214. Indiana State Police K-9 apprehended the driver, who suffered non-life-threatening injuries from a police dog.

The driver—identified as Stephen Crouse—had an outstanding warrant from Marion County issued on Jan. 5 for escape/failure to appear in connection with a burglary case. He now faces a number of charges in Hancock County, including operating while intoxicated, fleeing, resisting arrest, reckless driving and multiple traffic violations.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Department, Ingalls Police Department, Pendleton Police Department, Lapel Police Department and Indiana State Police were also involved in the pursuit.

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