A policeman's job is never done.
While on the way to a training class at approximately at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, off-duty Terre Haute Police Officer Chad Bowman spotted a truck pulling a very familiar yellow single-axel trailer with a welder/generator inside near the intersection of C.R. 200 West and C.R. 1000 North.
A quick cellphone call confirmed that one of Bowman's family members just had their yellow single-axel trailer with a welder/generator inside stolen from their property.
While the family member called the Clay County Sheriff's Department with details of the theft, Officer Bowman followed the truck.
Chief Deputy Doug Barr, Sgt. Dan Best and deputies Jerry Siddons and Brad Hardey of the Clay County Sheriff's Department were dispatched to assist Bowman who was following the two suspects as they drove around in the northwestern area of rural Clay County.
According to an incident report at the Terre Haute Police Department, at some point Bowman stopped the truck near the intersection of county roads 1350 N. and 500 W. With his badge in plain sight, Bowman approached the vehicle and asked the driver to step out for questioning.
Yelling something out the window, the driver refused and drove away.
Members of the Indiana State Police and Indiana Department of Natural Resources joined law enforcement officers from each county as the two suspects led officers on a low-speed pursuit through Clay, Vigo and Parke counties for more than an hour.
Finally, the suspects drove the truck and trailer into a cornfield near the intersection of Mase Road and Greencastle Road and ran away from the scene.
A canine unit and an Indiana State Police helicopter were used during the search for the two suspects.
The passenger, Michael Martin, was caught and taken into custody at the scene, while the driver, Thomas Hurlow, was captured later.
Both men, from Terre Haute, were transported to the Vigo County Jail and booked on preliminary charges of resisting law enforcement and receiving stolen property.
Indiana State Police are handling the ongoing investigation.