Wednesday October 17 4:14 pm

Spotlighting events along the south shore of Lake Michigan

Police Pursuit Ends With Two Arrested


Today at approximately 05:51pm Trooper Sean Schaefer was patrolling on I-65 near the 174mm. He observed a silver 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe being driven northbound in excess of 100mph. He activated his emergency lights and started to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle. The vehicle initially pulled to the right shoulder and stopped. As Trooper Schaefer was approaching the vehicle, it sped off at a high rate of speed. Trooper Schaefer was able to return to his vehicle and initiate a vehicle pursuit. The vehicle continued northbound on I-65 for approximately 20 miles at speeds in excess of 100mph. The vehicle attempted to exit I-65 at the 193mm when it crashed on the exit ramp.

The vehicle was occupied by four subjects, two of which exited the vehicle after crashing and fled on foot. The driver and front seat passenger who had fled were both apprehended nearby. The two back seat passengers were juveniles. No one involved sustained injuries. Assisting at the scene was Brookston Police Department, White County Sheriff’s Office, Farney’s Wrecker Service, White County EMS, Trooper Peter Stephan, and Trooper Michael Risley.

Arrested and Charges:

Elijah R Gilbert (Driver)

Resisting Law Enforcement by means of vehicle, Level 6 Felony

Operating While Intoxicated, Class C Misdemeanor

OWI Causing Endangerment, Class A Misdemeanor

Possession of Marijuana, Class B Misdemeanor

Reckless Driving, Class C Misdemeanor

Providing a False Identity Statement, Class A Misdemeanor

Brandon L Wade (Front Seat Passenger)

Possession of Marijuana, Class B Misdemeanor

Resisting Law Enforcement, Class A Misdemeanor

All criminal defendants are to be presumed innocent until, and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.