Police arrest 2 following short pursuit

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Police apprehended a subject with an outstanding warrant around 9 p.m. Thursday following a short vehicle pursuit through the city’s west side.

Ryan Dean Young, 31, of Crawfordsville was arrested on preliminary charges of probation violation, resisting law enforcement, driving while suspended prior and possession of marijuana after leading officers from the Crawfordsville Police Department on a chase that began in the 1100 block of West Market Street and ended in an alleyway near Lane Avenue and North Davis Street.

“Officers gained information about (the) subject ... at West Market Street and began looking for him, but he wasn’t at that location,” CPD Chief Mike Norman said. “As they were leaving, they located a vehicle he might have been in and turned around for a traffic stop.”

Young then fled the area and led officers Adam Tothero, Logan Stewart, Jennifer Haslam and Corey Rohl in a pursuit down Wayne Avenue to the residential alleyway.

No injuries were reported, and the pair was apprehended without incident, Norman said. However, Young allegedly exited the vehicle without placing it in park. The vehicle rolled forward a short distance but was stopped by the passenger.

Identified as Candice Rhoda, the passenger was also charged following the discovery of illegal items on her person, including methamphetamine, syringes and paraphernalia.

“The officers did an outstanding job maintaining the safety of the public, their safety and the safety of the person fleeing the incident, as well,” Norman said. “No one was hurt and that’s what we strive for. In that part of town there’s kids playing in the streets and yards ... but we had no issues with the public or pedestrians.”

Young is currently housed at the Montgomery County Jail without bond. Rhoda was also housed at the jail, but was released due to overcrowding and coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns.

The incident will be reviewed by the Vehicle Pursuit Review Board.

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