Tell City man ends wee-hours pursuit by pulling into garage

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Cronin faces felony OWI, resisting charges

By Vince Luecke

TELL CITY – Police said a Tell City man with a blood-alcohol concentration twice the legal limit led them on a nearly 20-minute chase early Saturday before pulling into his garage.

Unfortunately for him, several officers were on his tail and the adventure ended in jail.

Stephen D. Cronin, 53, of 1505 20th St., faces charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and resisting law enforcement, both felonies. Cronin was lodged in the county jail on $4,205 bond but he was released on his own recognizance Monday.

Patrolman Bryce Hammack received a call just before 2:30 a.m. from the Borderline Cantina on Indiana 66 that a patron was causing problems. Because Cronin was allegedly intoxicated, someone in the establishment had taken the man's truck keys, but his S-14 pickup apparently could be started without keys and Cronin left the building and climbed into the vehicle.

Hammack located the man just as he was leaving and said Cronin allegedly refused verbal orders to stop.

Cronin allegedly traveled north on 13th Street, then westbound on Fulton and over the next 18 minutes, led officers along several streets, ignoring stop signs along the way.

At 2:49 a.m. Cronin pulled into his garage, said Patrolman Derrick Lawalin, who used an electric stun gun after Cronin allegedly refused to lie down once he exited the truck. He was examined by a paramedic at the scene before being taken to jail. Cronin will also be cited for about 25 traffic violations, Lawalin said.

Tell City Sgt. Lynn Wooldridge, Cannelton Sgt. Eric Dickenson and County Sheriff's Deputy Daymion Marsh assisted.