KNIGHTSTOWN — Officials from the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department were instrumental in helping with a car chase and arrest late last week of a man wanted in multiple counties.
According to a press release, Indiana State Police Trooper Clayton Fox attempted to stop a Cadillac Escalade truck for an equipment violation around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday near the 114-mile marker of I-70. When the trooper initiated a traffic stop, the driver accelerated, and a pursuit ensued.
The pursuit started in Henry County and continued along I-70 into Hancock County.
Hancock County Sheriff’s Deputy James Heneghan was able to get ahead of the fleeing vehicle and attempted to de-escalate the situation by deploying stop sticks, officials said. Despite the success of the stop sticks in deflating both passenger-side tires, the driver continued to flee in the vehicle. Eventually, both the passenger side tires came off, and the driver continued driving on rims.
Several Pendleton and Indianapolis troopers assisted in the pursuit as it continued west on I-70. At the 87.7 mile marker westbound, the truck eventually lost its axles and became immobilized. The male driver was identified as Robert Workman, 51, of Akron. He barricaded himself in the vehicle for a short time before fleeing on foot. Police de-escalated the situation by utilizing both a pepper ball gun and a taser deployment, officials said.
Officials noted they took Workman into custody without further incident.
A female passenger, identified as Jennifer Workman, 48, of Indianapolis, complied with verbal commands and was taken into custody without further incident.
Upon searching the vehicle, troopers located methamphetamine and other drug paraphernalia in the truck, they said. Further investigation determined Workman had three active warrants in three separate counties. Police transported Workman to Eskenazi Hospital.
Robert Workman was arrested and faces preliminary charges of, resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, Level 5 felony; possession of Methamphetamine, Level 6 felony; resisting law enforcement, Class A misdemeanor; driving while suspended-prior, Class A misdemeanor; criminal recklessness, Class B misdemeanor; reckless driving, Class C misdemeanor; and possession of paraphernalia, Class C misdemeanor.
Jennifer Workman was arrested and faces preliminary charges of possession of methamphetamine, a Level 6 felony and possession of paraphernalia, a Class C misdemeanor.
Assisting in the incident were Pendleton Troopers Avery Weisbrodt and Mark Hanna, several troopers from the ISP Indianapolis District, Hancock County Sheriff’s Department, Affordable Towing, and the Indianapolis Fire Department.