Suspect leads local police on 100-mph chase

Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Anthony J. Hicks

A 49-year-old Greencastle man was arrested early Tuesday after leading local police on a chase that topped 100 mph over U.S. 40, Greencastle City Police officials reported.

Anthony J. Hicks was arrested and booked into the Putnam County Jail on at least three charges -- resisting law enforcement with a motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and reckless driving. Further charges are pending review by the Putnam County Prosecutorís Office.

The incident began to unfold at approximately 1:45 a.m. Tuesday when Greencastle City Police received a call reporting the alleged violation of a protective order at a residence in the 700 block of Maple Avenue in the cityís South End.

Hicks had been arrested there Sept. 24 on a domestic battery charge and was ordered to have no-contact with his ex-wife.

However, the Tuesday morning call from the ex-wife advised that Hicks was beating on her window, attempting to gain entry to the home.

City officers responding to the call were also aware that Hicks reportedly had a warrant out for his arrest for violation of parole in a Lake County homicide case that had been plea bargained down to manslaughter.

Shortly after arrival, GPD Officer Elsiana Crosby located Hicks near the residence, driving a burgundy Ford Explorer. However, when Crosby attempted to conduct a traffic stop, Hicks fled southbound on U.S. 231, turning east on U.S. 40 and reaching speeds in excess of 100 mph.

The pursuit ended after approximately 10 miles when Hicks pulled into a driveway on U.S. 40 near Mount Meridian, police reported.

Assisting Officer Crosby in the pursuit were GPD Capt. Charles Inman and Officer Zach Rhine, Putnam County Deputies Riley Houghton and Rob Soilleux and Indiana State Police personnel.

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