Stop Stick News Holiday Recap: Semi’s, Drug Smugglers, Carjackings, and a good dog.

December 28, 2023

By: Zach Madden

Category: Stop Stick News

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Police chase in southern Vigo County ends in arrest Indiana


VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – One person has been arrested after a cross-county police chase Wednesday.

Deputies with the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office were in pursuit of a Jeep Gladiator northbound U.S. 41 around 5 p.m. Wednesday.

The pursuit entered Vigo County and assistance was requested in reference to spike strips and pursuing the vehicle. Three deputies were in the southern part of the county and responded to assist, including one who was able to deploy spike strips at U.S. 41 and Oregon Church Road, striking three of the driver’s four tires.

The vehicle continued northbound on U.S. 41 before turning onto Harlan Drive and coming to a stop within the Industrial Park.

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Texas highway chase ends with police ripping apart truck’s cab and pulling the driver out California


Chase Through The Mother Lode Ends in Arrest ~By Patrick Works

10:30 PM Sunday, January 23, 2011, Jackass Hill, Highway 49 near Melones Bridge, Tuolumne County. Highway Patrol units from Tuolumne County took up the chase coming to them from the Calaveras County side of the Lake Melones Bridge late tonight, as a slow-speed chase involving 3 agencies came to a peaceful conclusion…
The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Department had joined the pursuit, in support of the CHP officers whose initial engagement with the suspect driver commenced tonight’s long chase. Action on the road was joined by the Angels Camp Police Dept. K-9 unit, in hopes that if the final stop of the suspect brought about a belligerent scene, safety might be served by the presence of the police dog.

A very drunk man led the procession across the bridge on flat tires, as earlier police attempts to stop the suspect were only able to slow him down. Spike strips laid down in the road did their work in the end however, as a few miles of slow pursuit on Highway 49 finally resulted in a halt of the suspect vehicle driving on its bare wheels.

Medical units arrived on the scene, but soon returned to their stations, as the evening police action concluded without injury. All responding parties were relieved that the long chase, and all the cooperative efforts, brought about a quiet end to a busy night. The suspect is safely in custody.

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Driver arrested after spike strips used in Miller County pursuit Arkansas

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MILLER COUNTY, Ark. — A driver was arrested Dec. 20 after a pursuit that began in Lafayette County.

The driver is charged with fleeing by vehicle in Lafayette County, according to information from the Miller County Sheriff’s Office.

Miller County Sheriff’s Cpl. Glenn Gross was patrolling about 1 a.m. Dec. 20 near the area of Interstate 49 near Highway 237 when a Lafayette County deputy advised he was in pursuit. The pursuit was on Highway 160 heading towards Miller County. The Lafayette County deputy asked for assistance and spike strips.

Deputy Shane Johnston set up to deploy spikes around Miller County 7 on U.S. Highway 71. A few moments later, Johnston advised he could see the suspect vehicle traveling north on Highway 71 towards his location.

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Test drive in Queensbury turns to knifepoint carjacking, chase that ends in Delmar New York

Spotlight News  –

DELMAR – A 35-year-old Warrensburg man is in the Warren County jail after he allegedly robbed a car dealership employee, stole a car, and led police on a three-county chase that ended on the Delmar Bypass.According to reports, Jules W Lyons-Sylne was on a test drive in a 2024 Mazda CX-9 on Round Pond Road in Queensbury on Tuesday, Dec. 26 at approximately 6 p.m., when he pulled the car to the shoulder of the road and allegedly displayed a knife and robbed the sales employee from Della Mazda of his personal belongings then took off with the car. The employee was left standing on the side of the road.

Warren County Sheriff Deputies responded to the scene and another police unit spotted the car on Route 9 a short time later. State Police joined the pursuit on Aviation Road and it continued south.

According to State Police, at 6:39 p.m., Troopers spotted the car on Alternate Route 7 in Latham and pursued it to Bethlehem. In Bethlehem, the car drove through town with police following.



Man steals city truck, drives around for hours before police can stop him – Ohio


NORWOOD, Ohio (WKRC) – A man stole a city work truck and managed to drive around Cincinnati for hours before eventually being stopped by police on Wednesday.

The incident lasted more than two and a half hours.

It started when a Norwood Public Services vehicle was reported missing from Montgomery Road this morning. Officers located the vehicle and proceeded to follow it as the man, Mark Bramble, drove across highways and through different Cincinnati neighborhoods.

Police tried to end the chase multiple times using stop sticks but were unsuccessful. The driver then finally came to a stop near 14th and main in Over-The-Rhine.

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Southington police stop 4 suspects in stolen car with technology, manpower, and help of K9 ‘Tank’– Connecticut –

Police said they were alerted to the stolen car entering town on Christmas Eve through a “FLOCK LPR system”, which reads plates.

SOUTHINGTON, Conn. — On Christmas Eve in Southington, police stopped a stolen car with four suspects inside as they headed into town using technology and tactics. Those tools include their FLOCK LPR system, and Southington PD’s K9 ‘Tank.’

“In this case, the dog is the greatest asset because they do have the ability to pick up on the scent of the suspect. And in this case, they had just fled the area,” said Lt. Keith Egan with the Southington Police Department.

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DPS troopers use PIT maneuver to stop car in Copperas Cove after pursuitTexas –

COPPERAS COVE, Texas — A vehicle pursuit in Central Texas came to an end on Dec. 26 after Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) troopers used a PIT maneuver to stop the vehicle, said DPS.

According to DPS, a trooper working stationary radar on IH-14 in Killeen observed a Lincoln Sedan traveling westbound at a high rate of speed around 11:46 p.m.

DPS reported the vehicle was confirmed to be going 121 miles per hour in a 60 mph zone.
The trooper tried to get the vehicle to stop, said DPS, but the driver failed to yield and continued to travel westbound.

When the Lincoln entered the Copperas Cove city limits, Copperas Cove police reportedly deployed stop sticks, which DPS stated were “effective”.

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Lorena PD: 49-year-old man arrested after pulling gun on family members and running from police Texas –

TEMPLE, Texas — The Lorena Police Department says a 49-year-old man was arrested after pulling a gun out on his family while driving aggressively down I-35 in Lorena on Monday, Dec. 25.

According to police, officers received a call around 5:57 p.m. about the suspect driving erratically and it was noted that he had pulled out a gun.

Lorena PD says Officer Perry attempted to pull the suspect over to conduct a traffic stop. However, the suspect refused to stop and a pursuit began.

Additional help was called in from surrounding agencies due to the fact that a gun was brandished.

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Salem man arrested for leading Centralia Police on high speed chase in stolen car– Illinois

South Central Illinois’ News –

A 26-year-old homeless Salem man has been arrested following a high-speed chase by Centralia Police in a car stolen Christmas Eve from Salem.

Edward Kinney was taken into custody early Tuesday night when a Clinton County Sheriff’s Deputy used stop sticks near Germantown causing the car to run off the road into a field.  He was arrested following a short foot chase.

Centralia Police say the chase began after police were investigating another stolen car and several vehicle burglaries near Arizona Joes.   The newly stolen car was taken a short distance from where Kinney is believed to have left the vehicle for the one stolen in Salem.   After determining the car was stolen, police attempted to stop Kinney who fled west on Route 161 into Clinton County at speeds topping 100 miles per hour.

The car was returned to the Salem Police Department for processing.   Salem Police report several items taken in other recent car burglaries in Salem were found in the vehicle.   Kinney was initially arrested for theft of the vehicle, with other charges pending further investigation.

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Four arrested after high-speed chase from Cleveland ends in Fremont Ohio

by The Guardian  –

The Ohio Highway Patrol was involved in a high-speed, 65-mile chase of four vehicles, from the Cleveland area to Fremont, resulting in four arrests, in September. Two of the vehicles eluded law enforcement and police requested information from the public to help find them.
At approximately 8 a.m. on a Friday, the patrol’s Cleveland Dispatch Center began receiving calls about four vehicles traveling at a high rate of speed westbound on the Ohio Turnpike near Ohio 8, exit 180.

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Mattapoisett Police charge New Bedford fugitive from justice with firearm offenses; separate car chase – Massachusetts 

New Bedford Guide –

“On Friday December 22, 2023 at approximately 2132 hours Officer Myers was on patrol when he conducted a traffic stop on a 2009 Acura MDX on Rt. 6. A registration check of the vehicle indicated that the vehicle had an expired inspection sticker and that the registered owner, Derrick Costa, 36, from 196 Collete St in New Beford had an active arrest warrant.

Further investigation and search of the vehicle produced a .38 cal revolver pistol. In addition, it was later discovered that Mr. Costa had an active warrant for his arrest out of New York for criminal possession of a firearm. Mr. Costa was charged with possession of a firearm without a license to carry and fugitive from justice. He was arraigned in the Wareham 4th District Court on Tuesday December 26, 2023 on those charges.

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St louis women indicted armed robbery glen Carbon Best Buy Illinois

EDWARDSVILLE — Madison County officials on Thursday indicted two women who led police on a high-speed chase after an armed robbery at the Best Buy in Glen Carbon.

Angel Deshaun Crosby, 22, of the 6100 block of Shillington Lane in Berkeley, Missouri, was indicted on charges of armed robbery, a Class X felony, and aggravated fleeing or attempting to elude a peace officer, a Class 4 felony.

Jakiaya T. McCoy, 20, of the 4300 block of John Street in St. Louis, was indicted on charges of armed robbery, a Class X felony. According to court documents, on Dec. 14, Crosby and McCoy took an Apple iPad from an employee of the Glen Carbon Best Buy, located at 6670 Edwardsville Crossing Drive, while carrying a firearm.

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Arrest Made After Stolen Vehicle Chase Ends With Crash Near Maysville Oklahoma

Breaking News in Tulsa, Oklahoma –

A man is in custody after a high-speed chase in a stolen vehicle on Christmas Day.

Police say they received a possible prowler call in Goldsby around 4 a.m. Monday morning. When officers arrived on the scene they found a vehicle and a man matching the suspect’s description. The suspect took off when officers approached.

Police later identified the suspect as Devin Yandell, 24. Yandell led police on a 25-mile chase that ended at the Washita River near Maysville. Police say stop sticks were deployed to stop the vehicle, and the suspect then ran into the woods.

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Juvenile driver in custody after multifaceted car chase ends in Hercules California California  –

A dramatic car chase through Hercules, California ended with a stolen vehicle disabled and the juvenile driver in custody, authorities reported. The chase unfolded on the afternoon of December 20 when Hercules Police Officers received a notification from a Flock camera system that a stolen gray Hyundai Sonata was spotted in the vicinity of Willow Ave at Sycamore Ave.

According to the Hercules Police Department’s Facebook page, an officer saw the Hyundai making a turn onto San Pablo Ave from Sycamore Ave and attempted to stop the vehicle, calling for backup on the radio. In a twist of timing, another officer already in the midst of a separate traffic stop managed to deploy stop sticks effectively. These spike devices punctured three of the Hyundai’s tires, seriously hindering the suspect’s attempt to keep accelerating away.

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Police charge couple from Clarington after stolen vehicle, goods found – Canada


A Clarington man and woman have been charged after allegedly fleeing authorities in a stolen vehicle and striking numerous cruisers.
Article contentDurham Regional Police say members of East Division responded to a suspicious person call at King Lane and Millstream Lane in Clarington on Dec. 21.

Article contentSubsequently, a vehicle that had been linked to trailer thefts and a police pursuit the week before was observed parked on the property.

Police set up a perimeter and the suspect vehicle attempted to flee, striking multiple cruisers in the process before a spike belt was used, forcing the vehicle to a stop off the roadway.

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Woman arrested and charged after mail truck stolen from Olds, Alta. – Canada


A woman from Olds is facing a number of charges after police say she was caught stealing a mail truck right out from under the nose of a Canada Post employee.

RCMP say at 10:30 p.m. on Dec. 20, a worker at the Canada Post office in the central Alberta community had left their vehicle to unlock a door when an unidentified woman jumped into the truck and drove away.

A short time later, police located the truck leaving town limits, heading south on Highway 2A.

Officers called for help and the Didsbury RCMP deployed a spike strip in an attempt to stop the suspect.

Instead of surrendering, the suspect turned the truck and headed eastbound on Township Road 320 for several kilometers before coming to a stop.

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Laramie County Crime Clips (12/21/23-12/22/23) – Wyoming

by Klark Byrd

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Here is a brief summary of notable crimes in and around Cheyenne, obtained through law enforcement reports compiled by the Cheyenne Police Department, the Laramie County Sheriff’s Office and the Wyoming Highway Patrol.

Fleeing/Eluding, North College Drive, Dec. 21, CPD

A 58-year-old Cheyenne man has been charged with fleeing/eluding, reckless driving and expired or improper registration after police attempted to stop him at 3:37 a.m. around North College Drive and East Pershing Boulevard for improper registration.


When police turned on their emergency lights, the man drove north on North College Drive reaching speeds of up to 50 mph, running several red lights and stop signs and then driving south in the northbound traffic lanes of Interstate 25 at speeds over 100 mph, the booking sheet states.

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Man with ‘bludgeon-type weapon’ is shot, injured by San Bernardino police after pursuit – California


Postojna, 23 December – A police chase of a reckless 18-year Moldovan driver in the south-west of the country on Friday ended after he drove over a spike strip. He fled on foot, but was soon caught. Inspecting his car, police found six Bangladesh nationals inside.

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Police use spike strip in chase of Moldovan driver – Slovenia


Postojna, 23 December – A police chase of a reckless 18-year Moldovan driver in the south-west of the country on Friday ended after he drove over a spike strip. He fled on foot, but was soon caught. Inspecting his car, police found six Bangladesh nationals inside.

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Glendale police chases, Bayside arrest; driver suspected of OWI – Wisconsin

FOX6 News Milwaukee

BAYSIDE, Wis. – A Milwaukee man was arrested after a pair of Glendale police chases on Thursday night, Dec. 21.

Glendale police said an officer first tried to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation near Port Washington and Silver Spring. The driver did not pull over, and a short pursuit began. It was called off near Port Washington and Bender due to reckless driving.

Police said a minor accident happened just before the first chase was terminated. It involved another vehicle and caused minor damage with no injuries. A short time later, police said a different Glendale officer was looking for the suspect near Port Washington and Green Tree – and was almost hit by the suspect, who was driving northbound in the southbound lanes with no lights on.

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Teen in custody after Mandan-area vehicle chase – North Dakota


A 16-year-old boy could face a number of charges stemming from a vehicle pursuit through the northwest Mandan area.

Authorities on Dec. 13 responded to a report of a gas drive-off, according to Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier. The vehicle in question also reportedly had been stolen out of Minot.

A Morton County deputy spotted the vehicle in the Crown Butte subdivision west of Mandan city limits and attempted to make a traffic stop. The driver fled east on Old Red Trail Road at speeds reaching nearly 100 mph, according to Kirchmeier.

A deputy was able to deploy spike strips, and the vehicle traveled roughly 2 miles before coming to a stop outside the entrance of the Baymont hotel in northwest Mandan.

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Alleged car thief arrested while asleep on intersection – Australia

An alleged car thief has been arrested after police detected a stolen number plate attached to the vehicle they were sleeping in – in the middle of a busy highway intersection.

The offender reportedly sped away when police attempted to apprehend the driver on the Nepean Highway in Mornington – a suburb approximately 46km south-east of Melbourne.

Authorities identified the allegedly stolen vehicle at the intersection of Bentons and Racecourse roads at around 2:45am – with the white Hyundai SUV blocking the four lanes, according to police.

Police discovered the driver was asleep behind the wheel, placing ‘stop sticks’ – a strip of metal prongs designed to quickly deflate tyres – to block in the car while a Victoria Police helicopter was positioned above.

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Morgantown woman arrested after two pursuits with police – West Virginia

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – A Morgantown woman is facing charges following multiple encounters with law enforcement.

Police report the first contact with Jessica Bittinger, 40, on December 12 during a welfare checkup at a Sheetz location off Grafton Road. Bittenger was unresponsive in the driver’s seat, with drug paraphernalia in her hand.

When the police got Bittinger’s attention, she put the car in reverse and fled. Police curtailed that pursuit on Grafton Road after Bittinger reportedly crossed the centerline multiple times.

The police determined the car he was in was a rental that was not registered in her name.

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SO chase Evansville man – Kentucky

On Dec. 13, Deputy Jesse Morris of the Logan County Sheriff’s Office was patrolling the area of Bowling Green Road when he attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a 2022 Dodge Ram TRX Pick-up truck. The vehicle refused to stop and accelerated to an extreme high rate of speed. A vehicle pursuit was initiated.

As the fleeing vehicle approached the Warren County Line, Deputy Quinton Wright of the Logan County Sheriff’s Office was already in the area and deployed “spike strips” in an attempt to disable the suspect vehicle. The spike strips were successful and both front tires of the vehicle were quickly deflated.

The suspect exited the roadway of of the right shoulder, and the driver, identified as Isiah Fingers, 24, of Evansville, Ind., was taken into custody without further incident.

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Passed-out DUI driver drops 22 fentanyl pills after crashing into Renton police car – Washington

RENTON, Wash. — A Des Moines man is facing numerous charges after crashing into a police car while allegedly under the influence of fentanyl Tuesday night.

The 39-year-old man was initially found by Renton police officers at the intersection of SE Petrovistsky Rd and 108th Ave SE. Police said he was passed out in his driver seat when they approached him.

Officers placed spike strips under the man’s tires before attempting to wake him. Once awoken, the man “punched” the accelerator, hit a patrol car, and sped away on flat tires, according to Renton police.

The man crashed a short time after fleeing from officers, which caused his car to ride up on two wheels, but once the car landed on all four wheels the man fled again.

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BCSO: Federal fugitive arrested after chase – Florida

by WJHG Newsroom

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – Bay County Sheriff’s Office deputies have arrested a man they said was wanted on federal warrants, including probation violation on drug charges.


Deputies said on Wednesday, the Bay County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Division (SID) received information that Elvis Hartrick was in Bay County. Investigators said they located the vehicle that Hartrick was reportedly driving on Highway 2301 and tried to pull him over, but they said he continued to drive.

Authorities said they sent out a helicopter to follow the chase and follow Hartrick’s vehicle. A patrol deputy was reportedly able to get ahead of Hartrick and set up spike strips at Gainer Road and Highway 20. Officials said Hartrick swerved into a resident’s front yard to avoid the spike strips. They said after he drove the vehicle into the yard, he got out and began running away.

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Cocaine, fentanyl found on man after Nashville police pursuit, 3 others arrested – Tennessee


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) — A man who fled from police after an attempted traffic stop in Nashville has been arrested on serious drug charges.

An arrest record shows officers tried to pull over Coby Keshon Howse Wednesday for having a broke brake light, speeding and failing to maintain its lane on Dickerson Pike. During the attempted traffic stop, Howse drove off, speeding at a high rate.

A Metro Nashville Police Department Aviation Unit monitored the police pursuit and spike strips were deployed on the vehicle which came to a halt on Old Hickory Boulevard near Sonya Drive, the arrest record shows.

Four people in the vehicle were apprehended, the arrest warrant states. Howse was driving the vehicle.

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Suspect needed to help get dog out of stolen car – California

by Michael Tellez  –

FRESNO, Calif. (FOX26) — A car theft suspect was needed in order to get a dog out of the back of a stolen car Tuesday morning in Fresno.

According to the Fresno Police Department, officers located a car near Bullard and Marks Avenues that had been reported stolen.
Officers followed the car until the driver crashed onto a curb, ditched the car, and ran away.

Officers found the car with a dog still in the back seat.

The suspect was later found sitting in a wheelchair inside the gate of a community residence for the elderly,

The man was arrested and put into a squad car.
However, officers had to momentarily let the suspect back so he could help get his dog out of the car due to him being the only person the dog would respond to.

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