Sheriff’s vehicle damaged during stop

MARION COUNTY — A Hancock County Sheriff’s Department patrol vehicle was badly damaged in Indianapolis when a traffic stop went from routine to dangerous early Thursday morning.

The incident happened near the Hancock-Marion county line around 2 a.m.

Deputy Richard Vanosdal was in a brief pursuit with a Ford F250. The suspect eventually pulled over near 38th Street and Mitthoeffer Road on the east side of Indianapolis, but then the driver put the vehicle in reverse and rammed into Vanosdal’s SUV at least twice, Sheriff Mike Shepherd said.

The suspect then fled the scene. The damage to the patrol vehicle was so severe, Vanosdal could not pursue the suspect, Shepherd said. The officer was not injured.

The truck involved in the crash had been stolen from a dealership in the area of North State Road 9 and State Road 234 in Hancock County, Shepherd said.

The vehicle was later found by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department in Marion County, according to law enforcement.

No arrests have been made. The case remains under investigation.

Caitlin VanOverberghe is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3237 or