Truck flips multiple times, crashes into fence during chase in Hancock County; suspect caught


Christian Emmons

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  • Crash investigation leads to chase in Hancock County
  • Police said chase covered about 12 miles
  • Suspect taken into custody
  • Truck hit several mailboxes, road signs and patrol cars

NEW PALESTINE, Ind. — A suspect was taken into custody following a chase that ended in Hancock County Thursday morning.

Police took the suspect into custody shortly before 7:50 a.m. at 500 West and U.S. 52 after the truck crashed through a fence at a home.

The pickup truck at the center of the pursuit flipped multiple times and was driving on three wheels at one point, police said. The truck hit several mailboxes, a cable box, road signs and squad cars.

According to Capt. Jeff Rasche with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, this started as a crash investigation earlier Thursday morning. Someone reported seeing a truck go end-over-end into a field.

When officers arrived to investigate, the truck took off, almost hitting officers and then leading them on a chase through several housing additions. The pursuit covered about 12 miles, Rashe said.

“He was really driving very aggressively into oncoming traffic, causing substantial amount of what we felt was potential injury to other citizens on the roadway,” Rasche said.

“I was just a bystander pretty much in an unmarked car,” he said. “It was very scary what he was doing, the aggressive driving he was doing every law enforcement vehicle he came upon he tried to hit so we had to be careful for ourselves as well as the public.”

The driver, identified as Christian Emmons, 44, Greenfield, was taken to IU Health Methodist Hospital after he was apprehended. The truck was registered to someone else, Rasche said, but police weren’t sure if it was stolen or if Emmons had borrowed it.

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