Police: Elderly man found safe after giving suspect ride

(WISH Photo)

HAMILTON COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) – Police arrested a drug suspect who escaped from the hospital on Friday. An elderly man who was giving the suspect a ride was also found safely on the city’s north east side.

Officials said Dennis Lee, 28, was taken to Riverside Hospital following a heroin overdose on Friday. Police said Lee left the hospital while still in his gown and with an IV in his arm around 1 p.m.

Lee apparently got a ride from an unsuspecting driver who took him to the South Harbor area in Noblesville. Lee approached an elderly couple at their home in the 1900 block of Sheridan Road and asked for a ride to a friend’s house in Westfield around 3:25 p.m. Friday.

Donald Bannon, 78, agreed to give Lee a ride in his truck, according to his wife. Bannon did not take his cell phone.

Police said Bannon and Lee were found at a Whtie Castle at 38th and Keystone around 7:45 p.m. Bannon was unharmed, according to police.

According to police, there is no indication that Bannon was being held against his will.

Police said Bannon was being a Good Samaritan by offering Lee a ride. Lee then helped Bannon fix the brakes on his truck.

Lee has three outstanding warrants for his arrest in Hamilton County, according to police.

(Provided Photo/Hamilton County Sheriff's Department)
(Provided Photo/Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department)
(Provided Photo/Hamilton County Sheriff's Department)
(Provided Photo/Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department)

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