A Cincinnati man led multiple law enforcement agencies on a wild police chase in Decatur County Thursday afternoon.
According to Decatur County Sheriff Greg Allen, police arrested Jerry Cantine, 38, following a police pursuit in which the suspect’s speed allegedly reached 120 miles per hour.
Sheriff Allen said his department received a call from a Sandusky homeowner at approximately 2:10 p.m. Thursday, claiming a man had knocked on his door and asked for money in order to get back to Columbus, Ohio.
The caller advised Sheriff’s Department dispatchers that the suspect, later identified as Cantine, was acting in a suspicious manner. The homeowner checked the license plate of the 2010 Ford Fusion being driven by Cantine and then reported it to the dispatchers who found the car had been reported stolen near Cincinnati.
Cantine then fled the home, heading north on State Road 3.
At approximately 2:30 p.m., Greensburg Police Department Captain Dennis Blodgett observed the suspect heading north on State Road 3, approximately two car lengths behind DCSD Deputy Eric Kramer.
Deputy Kramer slowed his vehicle and pulled to the side of the road, allowing Cantine to pass him at a speed of approximately 80 miles per hour.
Kramer then gave chase, following the speeding car into Rush County.
Members of the Rush County Sheriff’s Department set up stop sticks just north of County Road 450 South, but the suspect performed a u-turn prior to striking the sticks, and then headed south toward Decatur County.
Kramer remained in pursuit of the vehicle, which traveled into Greensburg at a high rate of speed before running over two sets of stop sticks deployed by DCSD deputies. The stop sticks flattened all four of the Fusion’s tires.
Police assert Cantine then drove the vehicle into Don Meyer Ford on Lincoln Street and attempted an escape on foot. He was apprehended without further incident at about 2:48 p.m.
Sheriff Allen said Cantine told police he ran because his license was suspended.
Cantine was arrested and booked into the Decatur County Jail Thursday afternoon on charges of possession of a stolen vehicle, fleeing law enforcement with a motor vehicle, criminal recklessness with a motor vehicle, speeding and reckless driving.
The incident also led police to place North Decatur Elementary School and North Decatur Junior/Senior High School on a temporary lockdown for safety reasons. Much of the chase took place in the vicinity of both of those schools on State Road 3.
“We didn’t want to take any chances,” Allen said following the incident. “We just wanted everyone to be safe, and everything worked out great. The main thing was that nobody got hurt.”
In addition to the DCSD and GPD, members of the Indiana State Police from both the Pendleton and Versailles posts and the Rush County Sheriff’s Department assisted in the capture of Cantine.
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