News From Terre Haute, Indiana

July 30, 2013

UPDATE: Police capture theft suspect who jumped into Wabash River

Staff Report
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — The subject of a police pursuit and manhunt along the west bank of the Wabash River is now in police custody.

Multiple police agencies earlier this morning were searching northwest of Terre Haute for a theft suspect who allegedly jumped into the river, attempting to elude authorities.

Indiana State Police, Vigo County Sheriff’s deputies and Terre Haute city police along with K-9s were searching near the Indiana 63 river bridge. The suspect was described as a white male with a stocky build and shaved head, according to police scanner traffic.

The incident began this morning when the suspect allegedly hooked a trailer carrying a jet ski to his pickup truck and drove away, police told a Tribune-Star reporter. An advisory on the theft was broadcast across the police scanner, alerting police to the incident. They spotted the suspect, and a pursuit ensued. Police say the suspect then ditched his truck near U.S. 41 and Florida Avenue, where he jumped into the Wabash River.

Visit for updates as this story develops. See Wednesday’s Tribune-Star for a full report.