Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

July 21, 2011

Police pursuit ends in Oldenburg field

Debbie Blank
The Herald-Tribune

-- — A three-county police chase of two teens went through Batesville early July 21.

The Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department notified area authorities to be on the lookout for a tan Ford Crown Victoria just after midnight, according to the Batesville Police Department log.

A 17-year-old male and 14-year-old female who were residents of the YES (Youth Encouragement Services) Home, Manchester, “ended up taking an employee and locking her in a closet, then stole the car,” reported Deputy David Funch, DCSD public information officer.

“The male was carrying a knife, but we’re not sure if it was used in any threatening way.”

Milan Police Department Officer Jeremy Ison initiated a traffic stop of a vehicle matching that description at State Road 101 and County Road 700 North, reported Milan Chief Gary Skaggs. The male driver fled. “It was a slow pursuit, 50-60 mph.”

At S.R. 48, the driver went northbound on S.R. 129, then toward East Bowl, circling behind Goodwill before heading west on S.R. 46, the BPD log noted.

Batesville police officers placed stop sticks at the state roads 46 and 229 intersection, Skaggs said. “He hit them and punctured one tire,” but kept going even after the car lost a tire.

Near 3144 Harvey’s Branch Road in Oldenburg, the teens “just laid down and hid in the grass.” They were taken into custody by Dearborn County deputies. Also assisting in the pursuit were Ripley County Sheriff’s Department deputies, Skaggs said.

It was determined the female hit her head on a car window during the incident. She was treated and released from Margaret Mary Community Hospital.

Both suspects were transported to the Dearborn County Juvenile Detention Center, Lawrenceburg. Charges are pending, according to Funch.

Debbie Blank can be contacted at 812-934-4343, Ext. 113; or debbie.blank@ To comment on stories, visit