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Madison man arrested for stealing police vehicle

MADISON, Ind. (WISH) — A Madison man is back in jail after he allegedly stole an Indiana State Police vehicle from a trooper’s home Friday morning.

According to Indiana State Police, Vincent Wiefling, of Madison, was arrested Friday and is facing charges of auto theft, resisting law enforcement, criminal trespass, operating while intoxicated, unlawful entry of a motor vehicle and leaving the scene of an accident.

Wiefling allegedly stole an ISP truck from a trooper’s home in rural Jefferson County around 10:30 a.m. Friday. According to police, the trooper was working on equipment at his home on State Road 62 when a man, later identified as Wiefling, walked up to the residence. Wiefling got inside the truck without being seen by the trooper and then he drove northbound on State Road 62.

Two people who saw the theft were able to follow Wiefling until law enforcement responded to the area, police say.

Wiefling crashed the truck about two miles from where it was stolen. He fled on foot but was found hiding in the woods a short time later.

Investigators say Wiefling was released from custody earlier in the morning before the theft. It’s unclear why he was in jail prior to the theft.

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