Illinois man arrested after fleeing from police in stolen vehicle

John H. Koonce

KNOX CO., Ind. (ADAMS) – Indiana State Police say that an Illinois man is now facing charges after running from officers in a stolen vehicle.

ISP officials say that Saturday afternoon at approximately 4:35, Vincennes City Police attempted to stop a stolen 1995 GMC Sonoma pickup truck at the Red Roof Inn, but he driver refused to stop and continued north on Old Bruceville Road at a high rate of speed.

Indiana State Police joined the chase after Master Trooper Goodman observed the stolen vehicle traveling east on Hillcrest Road. The driver then turned east on Old Wheatland Road and then north on McClure Road. The driver of the stolen vehicle left the roadway at the intersection of Brouillette Road and drove into a yard of a private residence before continuing west on Brouillette Road and then driving north on Old Bruceville Road.

The driver then lost control at a curve just prior to Thompson Road and drove off the roadway into a wet field. The driver continued to elude officers by driving in reverse until the vehicle became stuck approximately 600 feet off the roadway. The driver exited the vehicle and fled on foot to the north. Officers continued to chase the driver on foot for approximately ΒΌ mile before he surrendered without further incident.

The driver was identified as John H. Koonce, 27, of Bridgeport, IL. Koonce was arrested and taken to the Knox County Jail where he is currently being held on bond.

Arrested and Charges:

John H. Koonce, 27, Bridgeport, IL

Theft, Class 6 Felony
Resisting Law Enforcement with a Vehicle, Class 6 Felony
Resisting Law Enforcement, Class A Misdemeanor
Reckless Driving, Class C Misdemeanor
Aggressive Drive, Class A Misdemeanor