State troopers chase, catch pharmacy robbery suspect

Indiana State Police photoCaught: Indiana state troopers on Monday afternoon arrested an Indianapolis man suspected in the robbery of pharmacy in Paris, Illinois, after a chase and collision on eastbound Interstate 70 in Clay County.

Indiana state troopers on Monday afternoon arrested an Indianapolis man suspected in the robbery of pharmacy in Paris, Illinois, after a chase and collision on eastbound Interstate 70.

Shawn Michael Caballero, 18, was booked on Indiana charges of dealing controlled substance greater than 28 grams; four counts of criminal recklessness with a vehicle; one count of resisting law enforcement with a vehicle; possession of marijuana with prior arrest, and operating while intoxicated (refusal). 

Information on Illinois charges was unavailable Monday evening. 

Indiana State Troopers were notified about 2:30 p.m. that an armed robbery suspect might be traveling east on I-70 from the state line.

About 2:45 p.m., ISP Sgt. Joe Rutledge and Trooper Brent Robinson were working the construction zone near the 9-mile marker and spotted the eastbound suspect vehicle, a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu.

Police said the troopers attempted a traffic stop, but the car fled eastbound on I-70.

While traveling recklessly through the construction zone, the driver nearly struck three construction men working near the center of the roadway, ISP Sgt. Joe Watts said in a news release. Police said the car was reaching speeds of about 110 miles per hour.

The car avoided tire-deflation devices deployed just west of Indiana 59. When he tried to avoid a second set to the east  of Indiana 59 (Exit 23), he struck a guard rail.

The Malibu then struck a pickup truck, with the collision forcing the truck off the roadway and disabling the car. Troopers Rutledge and Brent Robinson then arrested the driver of the Malibu, later identified as Caballero. Neither Caballero nor the pickup truck driver were injured.

During a search of the car, troopers found clothing and pharmaceutical evidence related to the Paris pharmacy robbery, as well as roughly 20 grams of suspected marijuana, Watts said.

Clay County sheriff’s deputies, Brazil police officers and Lamberts Towing assisted ISP.