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Fugitive caught after manhunt

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

A Colorado man, Kenneth Lankford, fleeing from authorities in three states, was arrested after he tried to evade police in Clay County late Monday morning.

The Brazil Times learned authorities knocked on doors in rural areas near Interstate 70, asking them to stay inside and be aware a fugitive was on the loose.

Indiana State Police District 53 radioed officers to watch for a possible drunk driver who exited I-70 at Brazil.

Trooper Nowak saw the vehicle at the Pilot Station at S.R. 59 at I-70. Nowak entered the building to locate the driver.

He missed the driver and saw the suspect leaving the station parking lot in the red Toyota he had been watching.

When Nowak attempted to stop the vehicle for false and fictitious registration on S.R. 59, the suspect fled westbound onto I-70. While under pursuit, the driver drove off the north side of the road and through a state right-of-way fence, into a cornfield. The driver then fled on foot.

A search began using personnel from the State Police, Clay County Sheriff's Department and K-9 units from the Terre Haute Police Department.

Lankford of North Glenn, Colo., was take into custody without incident at 12:50 p.m.

Lankford is expected to be extradited to Colorado on charges of Auto Theft, Escape and Contempt of Court.

He is also wanted in Virginia (Possession of Stolen Property) and Florida (Grand Theft Auto). Virginia and Florida do not plan to extradite from Indiana, according to a State Police news release.

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