Man captured after chase

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By Kevin Koelling, Managing Editor

TELL CITY - An early-morning chase Monday resulted in the capture of what Tell City's police chief suspects is a homeless man last seen in the Troy area.

Jeff Schneider, 306 16th St., called police after discovering a man in a car on his property, Chief Greg Hendershot said Monday.

"When Jeff approached him, he ran," he explained.

When officers arrived, the man, Larry E. Ling, 55, had run into a wooded area, Hendershot said. Patrolman Derrick Lawalin and his police dog were called to the area. Ling appeared in the Burglen Hills area and refused to comply with Lawalin's commands to get on the ground, the chief said. Ling was holding a stick and hit the dog when it approached, he continued, and "the dog grabbed him by the arm and pulled him down."

Ling had no identification and refused to identify himself, so his fingerprints were sent to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which reported "he has a little bit of criminal history," Hendershot said.

The News reported March 6 an apparently homeless man had been living in barns in and around Troy. He was believed to be in his 50s and suffering from schizophrenia, and was thought to be raiding trash bins for food and obtaining water from exterior spigots. People reported at the time the man "could run like a deer," Hendershot said, and the officers responding to Monday's call said the same thing.

Ling was treated by paramedics and at Perry County Memorial Hospital for a puncture wound to the arm, and arrested for resisting arrest and battery on a police dog.