Shortly after 9 a.m. Wednesday, Rush County Deputy Terry Drake initiated a traffic stop on a speeding vehicle, in the 3000 block of west of Rushville on SR 44.
According to Deputy Drake, the vehicle was occupied by four individuals at the time of the stop, three males and a female. After making contact with the driver Kody Harris, no age given, of Shelbyville, it was realized that Harris’s driving privileges were suspended.
“I stopped a car for excessive speed and found the driver did not have a valid driver’s license. As I had him exit the vehicle my suspicions escalated and I had the feeling something was not right. The driver gave me permission to search the vehicle and I radioed for Deputy Doug Keith to assist,” Deputy Drake said.
Deputy Keith detained the driver and the two male passengers as Deputy Drake began a search of the vehicle. As short time later Drake asked the female passenger, later identified as Caitlyn Grimme, 19, of Rushville, to search an item in her possession believed to be narcotic’s. His suspicions were confirmed and as Deputy Drake began to take Grimme into custody, the female resisted and began running away north into a nearby field and wooded area.
While in pursuit of the fleeing suspect, Drake slipped in an ice covered road-side ditch injuring his left knee. The injury did not allow the deputy to continue to pursue the fleeing Rushville woman and assistance from the Rushville Police Department was requested.
Law enforcement officers from the RCSD, Rushville Police Department and the Indiana Excise Department set up a perimeter in an effort to contain the fleeing suspect. Through the use of a RPD drone, Grimme was found hiding in tall grass near a tree line shortly before 10 a.m., at which time she was taken into custody without further incident.
The Rushville woman was transported to the Rush County Jail and initially charged with resisting law enforcement and possession of a synthetic drug. A $7,500 bond was listed.
The three males were detained at the scene and later transported to Rushville, while the vehicle was impounded. The males were released a short time later with Harris cited for DWS.
Following treatment at the scene, Deputy Drake refused additional medical treatment. However, later Wednesday, he sought medical attention at which time it was discovered he suffered a serious left knee injury.
“I went to place her in custody and she just bolted. At that time we already had the three males out of the car. Once I was down, there was nothing I could do. It was just a freak accident,” Drake said.