Clinton man faces multiple charges after high-speed chase

Indiana State Police photoIn custody: Troopers lead Kenny Dale Sanquenetti Jr.away from a Clinton house.

A Clinton man accused of fleeing police at speeds that reached 100 miles per hour in a chase that also involved him colliding with a police car on Thursday afternoon faces multiple charges that include two felony counts.

Kenny Dale Sanquenetti Jr., 30, was clocked driving 68 miles per hour in a 40-mile-per-hour zone on North Main Street north of Clinton, according to Vermillion County Sheriff’s Deputy Chad Hennis.

As Hennis attempted to stop a 1998 Mitsubishi, its driver accelerated to 106 miles per hour before turning north onto Indiana 63, according to an Indiana State Police press release. On the turn, the driver lost control and spun, facing southbound in the northbound lanes. The Mitsubishi then traveled southbound in the northbound lanes of Indiana 63 and collided with Hennis’ squad car.

After that crash, the Mitsubishi driver continued to North Main Street and drove southbound at 106 miles per hour with Hennis in pursuit, police said. The driver then turned west on Oak Street from Third Street, traveled through a driveway and over a hill, and then struck a tree.

The driver fled on foot, leaving two adults in the vehicle; they were not charged, police said in the press release.

Minutes later, ISP trooper Ted Robertson spotted a man enter the back door of a residence in the 400 block of North Street in Clinton. The house was surrounded by additional officers from multiple police agencies. Indiana State Police K-9 Handler Trooper Mike Finney and “Boomer” entered the residence and located a man identified as Sanquenetti hiding in a closet near the kitchen at 1:11 p.m.

He was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Vermillion County Jail.

Preliminary charges he faces include a felony charge of resisting law enforcement, another felony charge of residential entry and numerous traffic violations.

z183999996185303>During the foot pursuit, Clinton police officer Brandon Mahady fell, injuring his shoulder. He sought medical treatment at Union Hospital of Clinton.

Assisting in the case were multiple ISP troopers from the Putnamville Post; Vermillion County Sheriff Bob Spence and deputies; Clinton Police Chief Perry Hollowell and officers; and Parke County Sheriff’s deputies. 

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