Man apprehended, another at large following Tuesday afternoon pursuit

Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Darrell Skinner

A Fillmore man is in custody after a Tuesday afternoon pursuit on the south side.

Darrel Skinner was booked in the Putnam County Jail on a number of charges, although another suspect remains at large.

At 2:25 p.m., Greencastle Police Officer Kyle Lee was on patrol near the intersection of Veterans Memorial Highway and Bloomington Street when he recognized Skinner, who had an active warrant for his arrest.

While confirming the warrant on Skinner, Lee began to follow the Ford pickup in which Skinner was a passenger.

Once the warrant was confirmed, the truck was turning onto Crown Street from Sycamore Street and parking on the wrong side of the road.

Upon spotting Lee approaching, Skinner and the driver fled on foot.

A perimeter was immediately established by GPD, Putnam County Sheriff's Department and DePauw Public Safety Officers.

While searching the area, DePauw Det. Matt Demmings spotted Skinner, at which time the suspect fled from Demmings.

Demmings chased Skinner on foot through several yards until the suspect gave up in the backyard of a residence near the intersection of Illinois and Howard streets.

Skinner was then taken into custody by Demmings and Lee without incident. He was found to be in possession of a bag containing a white crystal-like substance believed to be methamphetamine.

An inventory of the vehicle conducted before it was impounded revealed several articles of drug paraphernalia, approximately 19.5 grams of a white crystal-like substance believed to methamphetamine and a large amount of U.S. currency.

The truck also had two motorcycles in the bed, one of which was confirmed as stolen.

Skinner was transported and booked into the Putnam County Jail on charges of felony possession of methamphetamine, resisting law enforcement, possession of a syringe and theft (receiving stolen property).

The driver of the vehicle remained at large as of 9 p.m. Tuesday, however police have a lead on the identification of suspect due to surveillance footage retrieved from a residence in the area.

Lee was assisted by Officer Nick Eastham, Asst. Chief Brian Hopkins and Chief Tom Sutherlin and Det. Michael Collins, as well as Capt. Charlene Shrewsbury of DePauw Public Safety and and Putnam County Sheriff's Department deputies.

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  • To the people who believe the best solution to drugs is legalize and then tax it, this is what happens.

    Dredges of society get into a circle of theft and redistribution of the product just to feed the habit. The Putnam Scanner used to be one or two morons getting DUIs while coming home from Toppers. Now we have total scum and drugs mixing together.

    -- Posted by conffool on Wed, Nov 30, 2016, at 12:40 PM
  • To conffool--by a twist of fate you could end up as a "dredge of society" or "scum" as well. Your ignorance makes you stand out like the proverbial sore thumb.

    -- Posted by donantonioelsabio on Thu, Dec 1, 2016, at 12:19 AM
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