Police: Man abducted child in Wisconsin, chase with stolen vehicle ends near Lafayette

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TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Police have made an arrest following an early morning chase that ended on Interstate 65 Wednesday.

According to Indiana State Police, a man abducted a 2-year-old girl and stole a vehicle in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, around 7 p.m. Central Time.

The man was pulled over in Decatur, Illinois, around 11 p.m. CT for a traffic violation unrelated to the alleged abduction. He then drove off and got away from police.

The man allegedly then drove to a Watseka, Illinois, Walmart. Police say he told a woman there that he had abducted a child and stolen a vehicle. The woman called police.

The man left the Watseka area and headed east on State Road 24 toward Indiana.

The vehicle was spotted in Newton County, and police began chasing the vehicle south on Interstate 65.

The chase exited the interstate and entered Lafayette on State Road 26 for a few minutes. The driver then got back onto I-65. At one point, he was traveling north in the southbound lanes.

Police closed a section of the interstate as they pursued the driver. The man drove through a roadblock and his tire was punctured. The chase came to a stop just after 5 a.m. near the State Road 25 exit. Police say the man slammed on the brakes and a police cruiser ran into the back of the stolen vehicle.

The man allegedly held a knife to the 2-year-old’s neck before eventually her handing over to police. Police say the man then placed the knife to his own neck.

Police subdued the man with a stun gun. He was arrested, taken to a Lafayette hospital and later flown to a hospital in Indianapolis.

The 2-year-old girl was taken to a Lafayette hospital. Police say she is OK.