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Last night at approximately 7:30 pm two officers with the Huntingburg Police Department were out on a routine patrol when at the 1200 block of N. Van. Buren St. they observed a tan Mitsubishi traveling at a rate of 64 mph in a 25 mph speed zone.

Officers activated their emergency lights and sirens but the Mitsubishi did not slow and continued north on Van Buren St. at a high rate of speed. Officers initiated a pursuit and the Mitsubishi continued to flee on County Road West 400 South and eventually to the intersection of WITZ Rd and US 231 were the driver lost control trying to turn and spun the car around 180 degrees.

The driver of the Mitsubishi then headed south on US 231 after almost making contact with an Indiana State Troopers patrol car who was en-route to assist.

A Huntingburg Officer was able to deploy spike strips near Phoenix Dr. successfully deflating three out of the four tires on the pursued vehicle.

The driver continued to maneuver the car south on US 231 at a high rate of speed until its front right tire blew out causing it to lose control and crash into the Spudz-N-Stuff landscaping. The driver attempted to flee on foot but was taken into custody. The driver of the Mitsubishi was identified as 21-year old Ricardo Herrera of Huntingburg. Twenty-three year old Aldofo Hernadez of Huntingburg then exited the vehicle and initially refused officers verbal commands but later complied.

Hernadez was found to be in possession of 2 glass smoking pipes. There were two additional passengers in the vehicle with Herrera and Hernadez who complied with the officers commands and were later released after questioning. The Mitsubishi had to be towed from the scene by Kars Wrecker Service. Supdz-N-Stuff’s landscaping received minimal damage.
Ricardo Herrera was booked into the Dubois County Security Center on charges of;  Resisting Law Enforcement with Vehicle, Resisting Law Enforcement, Criminal Confinement, Reckless Driving, Driving without ever Receiving a License. While Hernandez was booked on charges of Resisting Law Enforcement and Possession of Paraphernalia.

The Indiana State Police, Dubois Co. Sheriff’s Department, and Kars Wrecker Service assisted the Huntingburg Police in the incident.

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