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May 13, 2014

Sullivan deputies seek man ‘of interest’ in chase, theft

SULLIVAN — Police searched Tuesday for a motorist who fled a crash scene in Sullivan County following a high-speed chase.

The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department reported that at about 4:24 a.m., Deputy Carl Melchert attempted to stop a vehicle that was suspected in the theft of anhydrous ammonia from a business on Indiana 48. The chase ended after the driver crashed into a barn on the east side of Farmersburg in northern Sullivan County.

A passenger in the car, 38-year-old Joannie Marie Basham, was injured and was taken to the Sullivan County Community Hospital for treatment.

The driver fled the crash scene on foot. A K-9 unit from the Terre Haute Sheriff’s Department was called to assist in tracking the suspect, but the person was not located.

The sheriff’s department has stated that Dustin Petrosky is a “person of interest” in the investigation. Criminal charges are pending in the investigation.

Anyone with information about the driver is asked to call the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department at 812-268-4308.

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