West Lafayette man arrested after a pursuit with a stolen semi-truck

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TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. — Jonathan Cain, 33, of West Lafayette, was arrested on Saturday just after midnight after he had stolen a semi-truck, struck two vehicles and fled.

Dispatch had received a 911 call that a semi-truck had fled the scene of a crash after hitting two vehicles on SR 25 near County Road 900 East. State Trooper Benjamin Fike had attempted to stop the Freightliner as it was getting onto I-65 southbound, and the pursuit began.

Cain had avoided multiple sets of tire deflation devices before finally hitting one at MM 158. The pursuit continued to MM 148 before the semi-truck went offroad. Cain was then taken into custody and showed signs of impairment.

Further investigation revealed he had a blood alcohol content of .095 percent, and Cain failed the field sobriety test. The semi-truck company was notified, and it was then when information was released that Cain had stolen the Freightliner and the trailer.

He was arrested on the following preliminary charges:

  • Unauthorized Control of a Vehicle – Level 5 Felony 
  • Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated (Prior) – Level 5 Felony 
  • Possession of Stolen Property – Level 6 Felony
  • Resisting Law Enforcement with a Vehicle – Level 6 Felony 
  • Aggressive Driving – Class A Misdemeanor 
  • Leaving the Scene of a Crash – Class A Misdemeanor 
  • Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated Endangerment – Class A Misdemeanor 
  • Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated – Class C Misdemeanor

Cain is currently in Tippecanoe County Jail.

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