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Noblesville police chase stolen FedEx truck to Carmel; suspect in custody

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (WISH) — A 32-year-old man who was facing a criminal court sentencing Thursday is now accused of stealing a FedEx truck at a Noblesville gas station, then leading police on a chase that ended in Carmel.

Benjamin Manderfeld. (Provided Photo/Hamilton County Jail)

Officers with the Noblesville Police Department responded around 2:10 p.m. Thursday to a Speedway gas station on a report of a stolen FedEx truck. They found the truck a short time later and tried to conduct a traffic stop, but the driver refused to stop, initiating a chase, said Lt. Bruce Barnes with Noblesville Police Department.

The driver, identified by police as Benjamin Manderfeld, lost control of the truck about 10 miles from the gas station, near the intersection of 116th Street and Keystone Parkway, and officers with Carmel and Noblesville police took him into custody, Barnes said.

Manderfeld was booked into the Hamilton County jail on preliminary charges of auto theft, resisting law enforcement, reckless driving, and leaving the scene of an accident, online jail records show. He also faces a charge of failure to appear in connection to a Thursday sentencing hearing for charges in an April 2020 case, online court and jail records show.

Court records show Manderfeld’s charges in the 2020 case were: aggravated battery when the assault poses a substantial risk of death; battery by means of a deadly weapon; criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon; and leaving the scene of an accident with bodily injury. News 8 has reached out to the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office for additional details about both cases.

Police said Manderfeld is from Indianapolis; court and jail records say he lives in Granger.

No injuries were reported as a result of Thursday’s chase, and the only vehicle damaged in the incident was the FedEx truck, which Barnes said may have gotten a few dents or some damage to the underside.

Maximillian Burns shared video of the chase with News 8 from his vantage point in the 8200 block of East 146th Street, which is west of the White River.

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