Three people arrested in separate pursuits, police report

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By Vince Luecke

TELL CITY - State and city police arrested two people who allegedly fled from an Indiana State Police trooper Friday night, including a Washington man who allegedly stole several vehicles before being captured early Saturday.

In a separate case, a man was arrested after he allegedly failed to stop for a trooper on the lookout for the fleeing couple.

Trooper Heath Carkuff tried to stop a man he believed was acting suspiciously while operating a white Dodge Dakota truck in an alleyway near Sixth and Mozart streets around 12:35 a.m.

But instead of stopping, the driver sped away. After leading the trooper to Washington Street, the driver entered Sunset Park behind the floodwall and traveled until that roadway ends. The male driver and female passenger then fled on foot, police said. Carkuff apprehended the female, identified as 18-year-old Sarah D. Schneider of Tell City. But the male, who police though at the time was 17 years old, got away.

A check of the truck's plate showed the vehicle was reported stolen in South Carolina.

A short time later, police received a call of a 1999 Chevrolet Z-71 pickup stolen from the 900 block of 21st Street in Tell City.

Trooper Thomas Basham radioed that he saw a truck matching that description near 19th and Payne streets. He activated his emergency lights but the driver allegedly failed to halt. That pursuit continued until the driver, identified later as Paul King, 20, of 903 16th St., parked the truck and ran into a residence at 16th and Fulton streets.

Officers entered the home and arrested King, who turned out not to be the man police were looking for. However, because he allegedly failed to stop for Basham, he was charged with resisting law enforcement and jailed.

Around 4 a.m. officers received information that the 17-year-old was in a 1994 black Dodge Dakota he had allegedly stolen from the Cannelton area. About 30 minutes later Kentucky officers located the vehicle in front of a residence near Hawesville Ky. Officers located the 1991 Chevy pickup truck that had been taken previously in Tell City at approximately 6 a.m. in Cannelton.

Around 8 a.m., officers received information that the suspect was back in Tell City at a residence in the 1500 block of Main Street. Officers went to the residence and arrested the male without incident. Officers said he was in possession of a 2007 Chevrolet pickup truck he allegedly stole in Kentucky.

The suspect was to have been transported to the Indiana Youth Village, a Knox County detention facility for juveniles, but a computer check showed the alleged 17-year-old was really 18-year-old Christopher D. Wicker from Iva, S.C. When Wicker was arrested he had no identification on him and allegedly gave officers false information about who he was.

He was lodged in the Perry County Jail on three felony counts of possessing stolen property, resisting law enforcement and false informing. The investigation is continuing.