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February 5, 2014

Fugitive arrested after hospital escape

Bunker Hill man steals car in Peru, flees police

A 23-year-old Bunker Hill man is in custody after fleeing police in his car with his infant daughter, escaping from a hospital and fleeing again in a stolen vehicle into Cass County.

Deputies attempted to pull over Jacob L. Richie Sunday afternoon after they say he disregarded a stop sign at the intersection of 400 South and 200 West.

Howard County authorities had earlier notified deputies that Richie was wanted on warrants from Howard and Cass counties and to be on the lookout for him.

Miami County Sheriff Tim Miller said the warrants stemmed from domestic battery charges.

When deputies attempted to pull over Richie, he fled north on Wallick Road. Police laid stop sticks at three different locations in an attempt to immobilize his vehicle, but Richie drove across all of them and continued to flee at around 30 mph, Miller said.

He eventually pulled into the parking lot of Knights Inn, at the intersection of U.S. 31 an Business U.S. 31, and fled on foot.

A K-9 unit deployed by Peru police helped apprehend Richie, who was transported to Dukes Memorial Hospital for medical treatment.

A search revealed his 5-month-old daughter was inside the car during the pursuit. Police said the child was uninjured.

While preparing a transport for Richie from the hospital to the jail, he escaped custody by walking out of the emergency room after an officer briefly stepped away from the room, Miller said.

Police were unable to locate him after searching the hospital and the surrounding area.

At around 4:30 a.m. Monday, Richie was spotted driving a stolen vehicle in Cass County. Deputies said he then fled on foot and was finally apprehended and taken into custody near Royal Center at around 8:30 a.m.

Richie is currently being held in the Cass County Jail. In Miami County, he faces charges of resisting law enforcement, neglect of a dependent and criminal recklessness with a motor vehicle.

He also faces a charge of mistreatment of a law enforcement animal for kicking the police dog in the head during his first apprehension, Miller said.

Carson Gerber can be reached at 765-854-6739, carson.gerber@kokomotribune.com or on Twitter @carsongerber1.

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