JOHNSON COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) — Police in Johnson County arrested a man on Wednesday who they say stole a truck from a Gander Mountain parking lot and led officers on a pursuit.
Police say around 6:40 p.m. Greenwood police officers alerted Johnson County authorities to a vehicle theft from the Gander Mountain parking lot on County Line Road. The vehicle was a black Chevrolet Silverado with a tool box in the bed.
An officer spotted the truck and pulled behind it. Police say when the officer turned on his lights the vehicle sped off at a high rate of speed onto Interstate 65.
Police say the truck got off on East Main Street and ran a number of red lights and stop signs. During the chase, the suspect left the roadway and went into agricultural fields.
One officer was unable to proceed through the second field because of the height of the crops and because his vehicle did not have four-wheel drive, but another officer was able to do so. The suspect got the truck stuck in the 1600 block of Collins Road and tried to flee on foot.
Police say the suspect put his hands up in the air and was taken into custody. Police identified the man as 19-year-old Terry Dye Jr., who admitted he was wanted out of Marion County. He also admitted to taking the vehicle from Gander Mountain.
Dye was taken to the Johnson County Jail on preliminary charges of auto theft, felony resisting law enforcement, driving while suspended-prior, criminal mischief, and his outstanding warrant. He was also was given citations for speeding, disregarding an automatic signal, disregarding a stop sign, driving left of center, and driving while suspended-prior.
Police say they reached out to the farmers of the fields that Dye drove through while attempting to elude police. Damages to the crops were estimated at more than $1,000.