News From Terre Haute, Indiana

April 26, 2013

Illinois man arrested after police chase

Tribune-Star staff report
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — An Illinois man was arrested after a vehicle chase early Thursday that began near West Terre Haute.

Gene R. Marchant, 33, of Paris, Ill., was arrested on suspicion of resisting law enforcement, reckless driving, driving while intoxicated and criminal recklessness.

Marchant received minor dog bite wounds to his back and shoulder after he ran from his vehicle, but was tracked by Terre Haute Police K-9 units.

Chief Deputy Clark Cottom of the Vigo County Sheriff’s Department said that at about 3:15 a.m., West Terre Haute Police Officer John Hood attempted to stop a Cadillac on U.S. 40, but the driver refused to obey. The car continued west and then followed Paris Avenue to U.S. 150, continuing northbound.

Vigo deputy Drew Stangle was in the area and assisted in the pursuit as the Cadillac continued toward New Goshen. Deputy Khris Morris was north of the pursuit and attempted to set up “stop sticks” at U.S. 150 and Durkee’s Ferry Road.

In the area of U.S. 150 and Sanford Road, the Cadillac accelerated to about 80 mph. The suspect turned off the vehicle headlights and continued down the road. The pursuing officers backed off for safety and temporarily lost sight of the Cadillac, Cottom reports.

But, just as officers were discontinuing the pursuit, Deputy Morris advised that the white Cadillac had passed him on Hollingsworth Place, Cottom said. Morris then pursued the suspect westbound on New Goshen Avenue toward Illinois.  

Illinois authorities were notified and they dispatched units toward the state line.

The pursuit crossed into Illinois and ended near Vermilion, Ill., when the suspect suddenly stopped and fled on foot from his vehicle. He was later apprehended after being tracked by the canine officers.

Marchant is scheduled to appear today in Vigo Superior Court 5.