CLINTON COUNTY, Ind. - An early morning car chase with speeds reaching 100 miles per hour ended with a successful manhunt in the fields off Interstate 65 in Clinton County.
The chase began at roughly 5:30 a.m. Monday on I-65 in Boone County near the Clinton-Boone county line. The following search was called off nearly 4 hours later after officers tracked down both the suspect and his cellphone.
A sergeant with Whitestown police said at around 5:30 a.m. at the 136 mile marker of I-65 North (just south of the first exit for Lebanon) a patrol car spotted a black pickup truck whose driver was driving recklessly and speeding, swerving all over the road. Officers believed the driver may have been drunk.
That driver was later identified as Kenneth Snowden, Jr., 27, of Lebanon, Ind.
After the pickup truck finally stopped for authorities on I-65, the officers said they found Snowden was a wanted individual. After the brief conversation, investigators said he sped off, initiating the chase.
Just over the county line in Clinton County, authorities said Snowden took a turn off the highway, left his car in the area of County Road 900 West and New Castle Road and ran into the fields. His car had barreled through a couple of fences before it came to rest and he jumped out.
Deputies found some clothing Snowden was wearing after he fled into the fields: a stocking hat and one other piece of clothing.
At 9 a.m., investigators said they captured Snowden in Clinton County. A nearby resident had reported seeing the man near their home in the 6600 block of West Mulberry Jefferson Road, where officers found him and arrested him.
"It's frustrating. It's cold and it's hard for the animals and for the officers. Keep in mind we were outside our normal jurisdiction. So, not only is it dark, but you're kind of alone. you don't know where you are,"
Sgt. David Bowles said.
In all, seven different law enforcement agencies assisted in the search, including: the Boone, Clinton and Tippecanoe county sheriff's offices; Indiana State Police; and the Lebanon, Colfax and Whitestown police departments.