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UPDATE, 9 a.m. Friday, June 6: Daniel Hobbs turned himself in to authorities in Evansville Thursday and was transported to Tell City that night. He is currently lodged in the Perry County Jail. Amber Caton is still at large. Authorities said she may have stolen a vehicle Thursday in Hancock County.
Original report, posted Thursday:
HAWESVILLE – Kentucky authorities continued to search Thursday afternoon for a man and woman involved in a high-speed chase Wednesday that led from Tell City into Hancock County.
Authorities are looking for Daniel Hobbs, 23, and Amber Caton, 30, both of Evansville.
According to the Tell City Police Department, dispatchers received information about a possible domestic disturbance in the 800 block of Blum Street in Tell City. Once officers arrived, they reported seeing a male and female outside a vehicle and the female appeared to be arguing with another female in the back seat. Once officers approached, the male and female jumped into the vehicle, police said. When Patrolman Bryce Hammack approached the driver side of the vehicle, he spoke to the male in the driver seat, who was later identified as Daniel Hobbs of Evansville. After asking the male to exit the vehicle, he took off at a high rate of speed, police added.
Hammack pursued the vehicle on Washington Street to Indiana 66. The vehicle then traveled east into Cannelton and then across the Bob Cummings Lincoln Trail Bridge into Kentucky. Tell City Police Lt. Alan Malone said officers behind the vehicle reported seeing the back-seat female passenger trying to exit the car but was unable to do so. Tell City officers continued to pursue the vehicle out of concern she was being held against her will.
Once the vehicle was in Kentucky, a Hancock County sheriff’s deputy picked up the pursuit while Indiana officers followed. This pursuit continued in and around the Kentucky 334 area before coming to a stop on Muddy Gut Road. Officers eventually located the vehicle and backseat passenger. Malone said she was not injured. Hobbs and the front-seat passenger, identified as Caton, fled on foot and had not been located as of Thursday afternoon. The car Hobbs was driving was reported stolen in Evansville, Malone said.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Hobbs or Caton is urged to contact the Tell City Police Department by dialing 911 or calling 547-7068. They can also contact any other local law-enforcement agency.
Assisting the Tell City Police Department in this was the Perry County Sheriff’s Department, Hancock County Sheriff’s Department, Lewisport Police Department and the Hawesville Police Department.
Reached Thurday, Hammack said Hobbs could face charges of kidnapping, criminal confinement, possession of a controlled substance, reckless driving, operating a vehicle without a valid license and felony resisting law enforcement. Caton also faces criminal charges.
The back-seat victim was interviewed at the Tell City Police Station and released, police said.