HAMILTON COUNTY, Ind. (Jan. 23, 2016) — A woman stole a police car while in handcuffs, then led officers on a chase.
It started around 11 p.m. Friday in Hamilton County when officers say a Dodge van was reported stolen. Police caught up with the van at a McDonald’s on U.S. 38. Three people were arrested on scene.
One of the passengers, identified as 21-year-old Tori Hostetler of Monrovia, was handcuffed and placed in the backseat of a patrol car. While officers were talking to each other, she was able to slip out of her handcuffs and gain control of the police car.
Officers chased Hostetler through Madison County and into Henry County where she jumped out of the moving car and ran to the area near CR 525 W and 200 North. Multiple agencies, assisted by K-9 officers, searched the area, but were unable to find her.
Hostetler was taken into custody around 10:30 a.m. Saturday, after receiving a tip from a homeowner that she was at a residence on County Road 200 N. She was arrested on two Hendricks County felony warrants for resisting law enforcement, and a probation violation for a dealing marijuana charge.
She will eventually be brought back to the Madison County jail to face felony charges there for vehicle theft and resisting law enforcement. Hostetler will also face numerous traffic violations and a misdemeanor charge of leaving the scene of an accident in Henry County.