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Two-county chase ends in Jennings pond

Deputies from three counties, a town marshal, Indiana State Police and North Vernon police officers were involved in a two-county chase last night that ended in a pond near Muscatatuck Urban Training Center.

At about 11:51 p.m. Thursday, North Vernon police joined in the pursuit of a car on U.S. 50 by the Jackson County sheriff's department and the state police. According to reports from the North Vernon police, the driver allegedly fled from a traffic stop in Jackson County  The driver was chased through North Vernon. On County Road 425E he turned toward Muscatatuck then entered a field. He drove about 150 yards through the field before abandoning the vehicle and fleeing on foot.

State Police Trooper Chris Lockman, North Vernon Sgt. Andrew Richmond and North Vernon police dog Heros tracked the driver to a pond and after a short foot chase through the water, 23-year-old Thirld A. Ross of North Vernon surrendered. Police also discovered that Ross had a passenger in the vehicle who he would not let leave the car after the chase started.  

Ross was arrested on felony charges including criminal confinement, resisting law enforcement with a vehicle and auto theft, plus seven misdemeanor charges.

The Ripley County and Jennings County Sheriff's Departments and the Holton town marshal's office were also involved in the pursuit.

Last Updated: Friday, June 20, 2014 6:37:14 AM

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