The Herald Bulletin

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August 21, 2013

Dogged by fear: Man surrenders after police chase

LAPEL — A man who led police on a chase from Edgewood to Lapel was arrested after surrendering to officers Wednesday afternoon.

Edgewood Police Captain Shane Briggs said John Wilson, 31, of Anderson, used a cell phone to call dispatch and surrender after hearing that police dogs had been brought out for the search.

Wilson was apprehended in a field in the 8300 block of Indiana 32, between Lapel High School and Ricker's convenience store, about 3 p.m.

The chase that led to his arrest began after he was pulled over for a "minor traffic infraction and sped off," Briggs said, shortly after 2 p.m. in Edgewood.

About 2:20 p.m., Wilson left the motorcycle he was driving in a bean field and fled on foot.

Multiple law enforcement agencies, including police dogs from the Indiana State Police, Elwood, Alexandria and Fishers assisted.

Police suspect Wilson fled because, they believe, he's a habitual traffic violator.

Wilson was arrested on preliminary charges of resisting law enforcement and reckless driving. Briggs said additional charges could be filed later.

Lapel police said Lapel High School was not placed on lockdown during the chase because the suspect was a non-violent offender.

Principal Chad Kemerly said students were sent home from school Wednesday at the regular time.

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