After an eight-hour hunt by police officers in patrol cars, on foot and with police dogs, Justin Rains was arrested Tuesday morning about 9:30 a.m.
According to the police report, Clay County Deputy Josh Clarke tried to stop Rains at S.R. 59 and C.R 500S about 1:30 a.m. The suspect had outstanding warrants from Clay Owen and Putnam counties. Rains refused to stop and tried to flee the police initiating pursuit.
When his vehicle became stuck in the mud in a farm access lane south of intersection C.R. 300S and C.R. 300W, the driver fled on foot. Officers pursued on an area manhunt.
Several off duty officers from surrounding counties responded to assist. Dogs from Owen and Putnam counties were also at the scene and were able to track the suspect for several miles before loosing the trail.
At that time the Putnamville Indiana Department of Correction Canine Units were called for bloodhounds to complete the manhunt.
The canines were able to pick up the trail again leading officers to the suspect. He was apprehended without further incident.
Rains, 27, whose last known address was 5761 Kilmer Lane, Indianapolis, is wanted on felony warrants in Putnam and Owen counties in Indiana. He is also suspected of numerous vehicle thefts and residential burglaries in the three-county area.
He is incarcerated in the Clay County Jail with $7,000 bond. However, he would be held for Owen and Putnam counties even if he bonded out of Clay County. His initial court hearing had not been scheduled at press time.
Assisting Clay County were the Indiana State Police, Putnam County Sheriff's Department, Owen County Sheriff's Department, Putnamville Indiana Department of Correction Canine Units, Clay City Police Department and the Center Point Police Department.