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Man arrested second time Tuesday after escaping hospital; Pursued by canine during recapture

BLOOMINGTON, UNITED STATES – 2021/10/12: Members of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and the Bloomington Police take a man into custody in the 2200 block of W. Third after a pursuit, Tuesday, October 12, 2021, in Bloomington, Ind. The man had escaped earlier from IU Health Bloomington after being arrested previously Tuesday. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)

A man was arrested in the 2200 block of W. Third Street Tuesday after being pursued by a police dog. The man was arrested earlier in the evening but escaped from IU Health Bloomington, according to Bloomington Police Department Capt. Ryan Pedigo.

A member of law enforcement could be heard on the OpenMHZ.com scanner traffic archive chasing the man and saying a canine officer was also after the man. Several members of the Bloomington Police Department, and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office had the man surrounded when the Bloomingtonian arrived on the scene. The man was checked by members of IU Health Bloomington, and then walked to a waiting police vehicle, and was whisked away.

The Bloomingtonian received more details about the incident at Wednesday’s daily media briefing. Pedigo told the Bloomingtonian a detective from BPD noticed the man and a woman, both wanted on current arrest warrants, walking near the intersection of S. Henderson Street and E. Miller Drive around 6:11 p.m. Tuesday. The detective called backup before making contact knowing the man has a history of carrying firearms said Pedigo.

The man and woman were near S. Henderson Street and Wiley Farm Road when reinforcements arrived. As police made contact, the suspects continued to walk, but the woman soon surrendered to the police.

However, the man was grabbed by the cops to be placed under arrest when he failed to stop. In the process, he was taken to the ground as he resisted arrest, according to Pedigo, and a firearm dropped from his clothing to the ground. Police recovered the .22 revolver loaded with six rounds.

The 35-year-old man complained that his knee was injured when police took him into custody, so he was taken to IU Health Bloomington to be checked. However, the hospital was busy, so police left him in the custody of the IU Health Bloomington police, but they soon called to say the man escaped from the hospital.

Members of law enforcement later found the man at W. Third and Cory Lane around 10 p.m. Soon a member of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office can be heard saying a canine unit is in pursuit of the man.

Pedigo said after the man was taken into custody again, this time law enforcement stayed with him, and he was later transferred to the Monroe County Jail.

The man is under arrest for the two previous warrants and is being charged with resisting law enforcement, an A misdemeanor: gun possession by a serious violent felon, a level 5 felony.

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Members of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office were involved in a high-speed pursuit of a motorcycle that ended with an injury crash early Monday morning. The Bloomingtonian reached out to MCSO Captain of Operations Ryan Davis Monday but has not received a reply.

A member of law enforcement can be heard saying in radio traffic on OpenMHZ.com the motorcycle rider reached speeds of up to 110 mph, and deputies began the chase for speeding. The chase at one point went down S. Walnut before the driver later crashed on a rural road south of Bloomington.

The pursuit began around 2:45 a.m. and lasted approximately 25 minutes.

The Bloomingtonian does not know the identity of the motorcyclist or their medical condition.

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