Police: Driver goes off road, takes police on chase through fields

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GREENWOOD (July 3, 2014) – An Indianapolis man drove a stolen truck through farmland in an effort to get away from police, investigators say.

Terry Dye Jr., 19, was arrested on several charges, including auto theft, resisting law enforcement, driving with a suspended license and criminal mischief.

The incident began around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday after officers were called to Gander Mountain near County Line Road and I-65 on the south side. According to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, someone reported a stolen Chevrolet Silverado.

An officer spotted the truck on Whiteland Road and heading northbound on I-65. The officer tried to pull the vehicle over, but the driver exited using the Main Street ramp.

The truck continued speeding away, heading eastbound onto East Main Street, “running red lights and stop signs,” according to a report from the sheriff’s office.

At Main Street and County Road 325 East, the truck went off the road and drove through a field with officers in pursuit.

The driver got back on a rural road and again tried to evade police by going into a field. The truck got stuck near the 1600 block of Collins Roads, and the man jumped out and briefly made a run for it before surrendering.

After police identified the driver as Dye, he told them he had an outstanding warrant in Marion County. Police said Dye admitted he’d taken the truck from the Gander Mountain parking lot.

In addition to criminal charges, Dye was cited for speeding, disregarding an automatic signal, disregarding a stop sign, driving left of center and driving while suspended.

He was taken to the Johnson County Jail.

Police said the chase damaged crops. One local farmer said it would “easily be over $1,000 worth of damage.”

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