The Herald Bulletin

January 4, 2013

Police: Man on chase tried to kill officer

Officers use stun gun on 21-year-old Miquels

By Baylee Pulliam
The Herald Bulletin

ANDERSON, Ind. — A routine stop for a seat belt violation Friday led to a more than 30-minute police chase.

Now Marc Miquels II, 21, of Anderson, faces charges including attempted murder of an officer after police caught him on-foot in Redbud Estates.

Stephen Olsen, who lives just a few houses down from where Miquels was arrested, said he went out to get his mail Friday night and saw “a bunch of lights.”

“I heard somebody say something about a knife,” said Olsen, 70.

The chase started shortly before 5 p.m., when Edgewood Police officers tried to pull Miquels over for a traffic violation.

Pendleton Police Chief Marc Farrer said Miquels fled. His two passengers, Quentin Hinkle and Devon Osborn, got out of the vehicle and police took them into custody at 5:02 p.m. They face Class A misdemeanor charges of resisting law enforcement.

Officers from the Madison County Sheriff’s department, Edgewood, Anderson and Pendleton pursued Miquels, who was driving his mother’s red-and-white 1990 GMC Sierra.

Madison County Sheriff Ron Richardson said they caught up with him near Redbud Estates, on West 38th Street.

That’s where Miquels “steered toward one of my officers trying to hit him,” Farrer said.

That officer, Stan Brown, fired one round as he jumped out of the truck’s path. One of Miquels’ charges is a Class A felony for officer Brown’s attempted murder, Farrer said.

The truck kept going and ended up stuck in a creek bed, Farrer added. Richardson said Miquels then fled on foot, running along the creek bed between 53rd and 38th streets, wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt.

Officers chased him into Redbud Estates, where Miquels pulled a knife on Pendleton’s Sgt. Shane Isaacs. Miquels was ordered to drop the weapon, at which point he held it to his own throat, Farrer said.

Anderson police used a Taser on Miquels at 5:40 p.m., and K-9 officer Gabe Bailey took him into custody on Imagination Drive.

Medics were called to the scene to examine him for possible Taser-related injuries and hypothermia.

“That’s standard procedure any time a Taser is deployed,” Richardson said.

He said Miquels was taken to the Madison County Jail and faces a C felony charge of intimidation by pointing a weapon, a D felony charge of fleeing in a vehicle, and an A misdemeanor charge of fleeing on foot, in addition to the attempted murder charge. Richardson said other charges could be added later.

He said Miquels had four warrants against him before the chase.

The first was a petition to terminate work release, with original charges of strangulation, battery, criminal recklessness, resisting law enforcement and failure to stop after an accident resulting in injury.

A second was for failure to return to detention with the original charge being strangulation.

A third was for failure to appear on original charges of intimidation, criminal recklessness and resisting law enforcement.

The fourth is from Elwood City Court for criminal mischief.

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