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.
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.