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Cops, courts and fires

March 4, 2013

Police say evidence doesn’t bode well for Avon man in theft, chase

ANDERSON, Ind. — An Avon man who led police on a high-speed chase Saturday after allegedly stealing tires from a car dealership gave an alibi, but it wasn’t a solid one, police said. And the fact he had a fresh cut on his forehead consistent with the radius of a wheel well and received texts inquiring about wheels while at the police station didn’t help any.

One of the vehicles at the dealership had fallen after the jack slipped. That’s how police believe the man obtained his cut.

With the release of the probable cause affidavit Monday, new details have emerged concerning the chase that began in Anderson and ended in the backyards of a residential area in Pendleton.

Police arrested Jeffrey S. Dial, 43, of Avon, at 7 p.m. Saturday on preliminary charges of battery by a deadly weapon, resisting law enforcement, criminal recklessness and five counts of theft.

According to the probable cause affidavit, this is what happened Saturday:

Around 5 a.m., off-duty officers working security for the Ed Martin dealership on Scatterfield Road spotted a man stealing wheels from several new vehicles parked on the lot.

An Anderson police officer who had responded to the dispatch was trying to apprehend Dial when the suspect ran over the officer’s foot, fleeing the area in a minivan. The officer, who reportedly was not seriously wounded, fired a shot in self-defense.

Anderson police then pursued Dial to Pendleton where the minivan crashed into a house around 6 a.m. and the suspect fled on foot, managing to evade police capture for several hours. Pendleton police assisted.

The van was actually a rental and a records check revealed Dial had rented it the day before. He reported it stolen from his home several hours after the crash.

A search warrant was obtained and a jacket matching the description of the suspect was found along with track phones, one of which included multiple incriminating text messages.

Dial was being held in the Madison County Jail on a $20,000 bond Monday.

His wife, Tina M. Dial, 41, also was arrested on a preliminary Class A misdemeanor of false informing. She told police her husband had been with her during the time of the crime.

Find Dani Palmer on Facebook and @DaniPalmer_THB on Twitter, or call 640-4847.

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