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Stolen Dodge Charger abandoned in Bloomington during high-speed chase; vehicle clocked at 170-mph

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November 12, 2020 – Bloomington, Indiana USA: A orange Dodge Charger with a 392 Hemi engine and a “Scat Pack,” is prepared to be towed after the car was driven to Bloomington and abandoned in the Varsity Villas parking lot during a high-speed pursuit that began somewhere near Terre Haute Thursday. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)

Members of law enforcement chased the driver of a stolen Dodge Charger that was traveling at 170-mph on I-70 Thursday morning before the car was abandoned in Bloomington. The pursuit began in the Terre Haute area.

“A Putnamville Trooper was located On Interstate 70 near the 17-mile marker when he clocked a silver Dodge Charger traveling 170 MPH.  The Trooper attempted to catch up to the Charger but never was able to see the Charger after the original observation,” according to Indiana State Police Sgt. Matt Ames.

(Editor’s note: The car that was eventually abandoned is orange.)

“The Charger then exited Interstate 70 at the State Road 59 exit (23MM).  The Charger traveled south on State Road 59 to State Road 46 and went east, towards Bloomington.  Clay County Sheriff’s Department observed the vehicle and attempted to stop it.  The Charger continued to travel east at a high rate of speed traveling through Clay, Owen and Monroe County. Owen County attempted to use stop sticks on the Charger, but the Charger avoided the stop sticks,” according to Ames.

The Bloomington Police Department was not involved in the chase, but law enforcement lost the car at the intersection of Dunn and Ind. 45/46 bypass before it was found parked in the area of Varsity Villa apartments.

“Three black males abandoned the vehicle running away carrying a bag,” according to Ames.

A member of the State Police investigating expressed frustration the suspects may have gotten into a ride-sharing service vehicle and left the immediate area. Law enforcement continued to search for the suspects in the area around Varsity Villa.

According to scanner radio traffic, a gun, believed to be stolen was tossed from the vehicle during the pursuit, and the extractor and firing pin for a gun was found in the car. The stolen gun, recovered by police in Owen County, was missing a firing pin and extractor.

The car was reported stolen in Sterling Heights, Michigan, according to Ames. The maroon Dodge charger has a 392 Hemi motor, and a “Scat Pack.” The vehicle appears to be a 2020 Dodge Charger with a top speed of 175 mph.

Members of the Indiana State Police stood by as the car was loaded onto a tow truck. And the Bloomingtonian made photos, and video of the vehicle. In an open door were a surgical mask, and two cans of Red Bull energy drink.

According to the Facebook page, “Owen County Indiana Scanner,” the vehicle had been traveling at speeds of over 140-miles per hour on Ind. 46.

https://www.facebook.com/OwenCountyIndianaScanner/posts/795165098000845

No suspects were in custody immediately after the car was found.

Car and Driver’s article on the 2020 Dodge Charger with Scat Pack:

https://www.caranddriver.com/research/a33233549/scat-pack-charger-price/

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