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Police and Crime Briefs – April 7, 2020

Man arrested on outstanding warrants after chase in stolen vehicle; April 3

A 36-year-old man, was arrested around 3 p.m., April 3, and was arrested and taken to the Monroe County Jail on 10 different charges, but only after leading police on a chase in stolen truck, according to the Bloomington Police Department.

Police attempted to pull the man over, near the intersection of 10th and Monroe Street, but he failed to stop according to the police. He continued to flee officers, losing control of the truck in the area of Cottage Grove, then backed out of the yard, and lost control again near the intersection of 11th and Monroe, and spun in the street. The truck went over a curb, and struck a sign, and a tree, but the driver continued on refusing to stop. The driver then entered a construction zone with workers on Arlington Road, and disregarded workers directing traffic. Later a construction worker on a different crew on the Arlington overpass over I-19, that the driver nearly stuck them, and they had to run to get out of the way. Officers had already stopped the pursuit, but the driver crashed the red Ford F250 truck near Maple Road, and Stanton Court, and then demanded a woman, who had heard the crash, and gone to check for victims, give him a ride out of the area, but she refused. The driver was seen walking northbound on Maple Grove Road. The Ellettsville Police Department, and Monroe County Sheriff’s Office responded to attempt to find the driver. The Bloomington Police Department used a K9 tracker dog and tracked the driver for a quarter of a mile finding him hiding in a culvert. The man refused to obey officers commands to show his hands, or exit the culvert, so the K9 was deployed, and did bite the man on the leg until he obeyed orders. The driver was taken into custody, and officers found a syringe, containing a brownish substance thought to be heroin, inside the truck. The driver was taken to a hospital for injuries, and then later released to the county jail.

The police list the charges as:

  1. Resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, level 6 felony
  2. Leaving the scene of an accident (3 counts), B misdemeanor
  3. Operating a vehicle without financial responsibility, C misdemeanor 
  4. Criminal recklessness with a vehicle (4 counts), level 6 felony
  5. Vehicle theft, level 6 felony
  6. Illegal possession of a syringe, level 6 felony
  7. Reckless driving, C misdemeanor
  8. Criminal mischief, A misdemeanor
  9. Criminal mischief, B misdemeanor
  10. Reckless operation of a vehicle in a highway work zone with workers present, A misdemeanor. 

Domestic disturbance on 11th Street

The police department responded to domestic disturbance on W. 11th Street around 1:36 a.m., April 6, 2020.

According to the police, when officers arrived, a woman was in her vehicle, and said her boyfriend, who is transient, had gotten extremely intoxicated, and threatened to kill her while holding a butter knife, a nail, and a screw, and their child had witnessed the incident. She had grabbed her child, and fled to her vehicle for safety. The boyfriend had destroyed several items inside the residence, failed to comply with officer commands, and resisted arrest when the police entered the residence to detain him.

On the way to jail, the man threatened to kill officers, and at the jail, he attempted to kick a jail officer. He has been charged with resisting law enforcement, battery against a public safety official, criminal mischief, intimidation with a deadly weapon, and intimidation, according to the police.

Church vandalized with graffiti; April 6

Police responded to the First Christian Church on Kirkwood, after a complaint that graffiti was sprayed on the east side of the church, according to the police. A representative of the church reported sometime between 5:30 p.m. on April 4th, and 5:30 April 6th an unknown suspect sprayed the graffiti.

House burglarized on S. Lincoln; April 6

A man reported leaving his residence for 15 minutes, and coming home to find it had been burglarized, in the 600 block of S. Lincoln, according to the police.

A man said after he returned from the store he noticed things such as a guitar, Xbox One, PS4, etc, missing from his bedroom, according to the police. A roommate was reportedly home at the time, but was in his room with the door closed, and said he didn’t hear anything, according to the police. There are no suspects.

Large fight on Walnut Springs Drive; April 6

Police responded to a report of 20-30 people fighting in the 3200 block of Walnut Springs Drive, around 7:26 p.m. Monday, April 6. Police on the scanner said when they arrived the group had dispersed, and nobody would cooperate at the scene.  

Man runs over fire hydrant; April 6

The driver of a Jeep Cherokee hit, and knocked over a fire hydrant in the 1500 block of W. Kirkwood, around 11:30 p.m., Monday night. The Bloomingtonian witnessed the vehicle still sitting on top of the hydrant, but no water was leaking from the hydrant.

April 6, 2020 – Bloomington, Indiana USA: Members of the Bloomington Police Department investigate at the scene of a vehicle vs fire hydrant accident in the 1500 block of W. Kirkwood Ave. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
April 6, 2020 – Bloomington, Indiana USA: Members of the Bloomington Police Department investigate at the scene of a vehicle vs fire hydrant accident in the 1500 block of W. Kirkwood Ave. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
April 6, 2020 – Bloomington, Indiana USA: Members of the Bloomington Police Department investigate at the scene of a vehicle vs fire hydrant accident in the 1500 block of W. Kirkwood Ave. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)

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