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Homeowner chases suspects, impressed with police work

Thursday, January 23, 2003

Mike Osborn, the homeowner who chased suspects trying to steal his all-terrain vehicle, is very impressed with the local police agencies.

Looking back on his Monday adventure, Osborn said "It blew my mind" how professionally the Clay County Sheriff's Department, Indiana State Police and Brazil City Police acted. "I was very impressed" with the police, he said.

Osborn called 911 on his cell phone when two suspects ran out of his garage on CR 425W and jumped into a pickup truck parked at the end of his driveway. Osborn pursued them in his vehicle.

"I was chasing them to get a license plate number for the police," Osborn told The Times Wednesday.

Osborn did not know two people were laying down in the bed of the pickup. Chase speeds soon escalated to more than 100 mph on westbound U.S. 40.

"Had I known people were in the back, I would never have chased them," Osborn said Wednesday.

When Osborn spoke with police on his cellular phone, he was told the people in the truck might be suspects in other crimes. Authorities asked Osborn to follow the pickup until officers could make an arrest, Osborn said.

When the pickup approached the Vigo County line, it turned east on SR 340, where it was stopped by police.

The driver, an adult passenger in the truck and the two juveniles in the bed of the pickup were arrested on various charges.

Osborn, who is a lay minister, was able to speak to the juveniles before they were transported to the Vincennes, Ind., Juvenile Detention Center.

"I ask the Christian community to keep these people and all drug users in their prayers," Osborn said.

The suspects told police they planned to steal Osborn's all-terrain vehicle and sell it to buy drugs.

Osborn preaches occasionally at the House of Hope and ministers at other locations in Clay County.

He stressed he was not angry when chasing the pickup truck. Osborn received "a ton of phone calls" after his story was published in Tuesday's Times. Many people criticized him for chasing the suspects.

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