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Multi-county chase ends with man in jail

FORTVILLE, Ind. (WISH) – A pursuit that began in a school parking lot ended with one man in custody late Sunday night.

According to police, around 11:40 p.m., a Fortville officer was doing a routine security check at Mt. Vernon Schools when he saw an occupied vehicle in the parking lot. When the officer went to check on the car, the driver took off and a chase began.

The pursuit went through Hancock and Madison counties. Police say officers from five different departments were involved in the chase.

According to authorities, officers used tire deflation devices to deflate both front tires but the suspect continued to flee from officers with both front tires missing.

The suspect was eventually taken into custody on Interstate 69, near the 214 mile marker. He was transported to the hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries from a K-9.

Police determined the suspect, identified as Stephen Crouse, had an outstanding warrant in Marion County for escape/failure to return to Marion County Community Corrections on burglary charges.

Police say Crouse now faces numerous charges in Hancock County, including OWI, fleeing, resisting, reckless driving and multiple traffic violations.

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