By Dani Palmer
The Herald Bulletin
ANDERSON, Ind. —
Cruising around in a stolen truck during the early weekend hours, a teenager apparently thought he could thwart police with the use of a radio scanner, according to the Anderson Police Department.
But it just wasn’t meant to be so.
Anderson police arrested Damon L. Swafford, 16, of the 2000 block of Morton Street, at 3:19 a.m. Saturday on preliminary charges of theft of a motor vehicle, receiving stolen property, resisting law enforcement, operating a vehicle while intoxicated, operating while never licensed and unlawful use of a police radio.
Because of his criminal record, police said, Swafford was waived on to adult court.
According to the probable cause affidavit, Anderson police pulled Swafford over after noticing the vehicle he was driving, a 1992 Chevy S-10, did not have any taillights. Swafford took off and Officer Marty Dulworth pursued him until the suspect jumped out of the truck in a parking lot near the 2000 block of Lincoln Street.
Having encountered the teenager numerous times in the past, the affidavit said, Dulworth identified him and followed his footprints in the snow to his home, where Swafford’s mother was notified of what had happened and he was arrested.
It was discovered shortly later that the truck had been reported as stolen, along with the plate. A police scanner was also found in the front seat of the truck and Swafford admitted to using it to avoid police, according to the affidavit.
While at the station, Swafford was given a breath analysis test since he appeared to be intoxicated, the affidavit said, and had a blood alcohol test of 0.07 percent.
The suspect allegedly told police he had stolen the truck the day before and been driving it most of the evening, the affidavit said, and also admitted to helping place the stolen plate on the truck.
Swafford was being held in the Madison County Jail without bail Monday night.
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