Man Smashes Cars in Stolen Big Rig Then Leads Police on 30-Mile Interstate Chase

Tippecanoe County, IN — A man was arrested after he stole a big rig, crashed it into two vehicles and then led police on a 30-mile chase along an Indiana interstate.

According to Indiana State Police (ISP), a man identified as Jonathan Cain, 33, West Lafayette, IN, was taken into custody in the early morning hours on Saturday after a lengthy pursuit.


ISP said they received a 9-1-1 call shortly after midnight reporting that a big rig traveling on State Road 25 had crashed into two cars and then fled the scene.

A short time later an ISP trooper located the 2017 Freightliner pulling a Landstar trailer at State Road 25 and Interstate 65.

The trooper attempted to stop the tractor-trailer, but Cain refused and entered onto Interstate 65 southbound.

Investigators said Cain was able to avoid multiple sets of tire deflation devices before striking one at the 158 mile-marker.


The pursuit then continued to the 148 mile-marker, where Cain exited I-65 at a rest area before driving off of the road and coming to a stop.

He was taken into custody without further incident.

Police administered a field sobriety test after Cain showed signs of impairment.

The test revealed he had a blood alcohol content of .095%.

Further, authorities also confirmed the rig was stolen.


Officials have not provided any further detail as to where or how Cain swiped the rig.

Thankfully, no injuries were reported.

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However, Cain is now facing four felony and four misdemeanor charges including: Unauthorized Control of a Vehicle, Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated, Possession of Stolen Property, Resisting Law Enforcement with a Vehicle, Aggressive Driving, Leaving the Scene of a Crash, Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated Endangerment, and Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

He is currently being held in the  Tippecanoe County Jail.

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