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August 10, 2012

Driver tries to run police chief off road

Authorities still looking for suspect after he ditches truck, escapes into woods

NORTH TERRE HAUTE — Police continued to seek a Vigo County man pursued across three counties Thursday morning after he allegedly tried to run the Clinton chief of police off the road.

Daymon Langley, 23, eluded police when he jumped out of his flatbed truck in northern Vigo County and entered a wooded area owned by AET, a manufacturing company.

Canine units from the Terre Haute Police Department and Parke County Sheriff’s Department were called to the scene to assist in tracking Langley.

Clinton Police Chief Perry W. Hollowell said Thursday at the scene that Langley was known to police in both Clinton and Vigo County.

Hollowell said police encountered Langley recently at a domestic disturbance in Clinton, and at that time, Langley told police he was a habitual traffic violator and could not drive. When police were in the same neighborhood on a different matter on Thursday, a city officer saw Langley driving a truck, and knew that he was HTV.

Police tried to pull Langley over, but he fled. Hollowell said that three police units, including himself, tried to get Langley to stop, and Hollowell even drove alongside Langley after the chase left the city en route to Parke County. However, Langley made a sharp left turn and apparently tried to ram the police chief’s car. That is when police called for backup in pursuing the truck.

Hollowell said the truck was not a fast-moving vehicle, but Langley drove hard to reach U.S. 41 in Parke County and then headed south to Vigo County. He said that Langley lives near the highway a few hundred yards from where the fugitive pulled the truck off the road and fled into the woods.

By the time the chase ended, several other police units had joined the pursuit, and several officers entered the woods looking for Langley. Among the agencies involved were the Vigo County and Vermillion County sheriff’s departments, Clinton, West Terre Haute and Terre Haute police and Indiana State Police.

Hollowell said he had received information from Vigo County authorities that Langley was sometimes known to carry a weapon. It was unknown if he possessed a weapon on Thursday.

The search continued through most of the day. As of 5 p.m., Langley had not been apprehended.

He is described as 6 feet, 4 inches tall weighing about 205 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information on his location should call Clinton Police at (765) 832-3232.

Reporter Lisa Trigg can be reached at (812) 231-4254 or lisa.trigg@tribstar.com. Follow her on Twitter @TribStarLisa.

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