A man wanted in Mississippi for questioning in connection with a murder investigation and for parole violation led Indiana State Police on a three-county chase Friday night.
The chase began around 7:30 p.m. when Indiana State Trooper Joe Swisher saw a silver auto westbound on I-70 near U.S. 231 in Putnam County. The car appeared to be the same one identified in a drive-off from a gas station at the intersection of S.R. 39 and I-70 earlier. When Swisher attempted to stop the driver for failure to pay for gas, the driver drove west into Clay County.
Stop sticks were deployed on I-70 and two of the vehicle's tires were flattened, but the vehicle drove on, exiting I-70 at S.R. 46 in Vigo County. After being pursued by numerous police agencies, the car was stopped on U.S. 40 just west of Brazil.
It was determined the car was stolen from Mississippi. Two state police cars were damaged and one state police car had its tires flattened by stop sticks in the pursuit.
The driver of the car was identified as Ned Lee Torrey, 46, a resident of Mississippi. He was charged with resisting police and was incarcerated in the Clay County Jail. Bond was set at $10,000 cash and Torrey was still in jail at press time.
The Clay County Sheriff's Department, Brazil City Police Department, Vigo County Sheriff's Department and Terre Haute City Police Department assisted Indiana State Police in making the arrest. At least three state police vehicles were used in the pursuit.