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Tip leads to arrest of fleeing driver

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

VIGO COUNTY -- In the last 22 days, the Putnamville Post of the Indiana State Police has received multiple tips from area residents concerning various suspected crimes.

The third set of tips led troopers to the arrest of a suspect allegedly involved in a hit and run crash at a school bus stop on United States 40 in eastern Vigo County.

On Tuesday, May 15, Indiana State Police Troopers Bill Bradbury and Michael Featheling concluded a nearly two-week investigation of the multiple vehicle crash, which took place May 2. One driver involved in the accident fled the scene.

A brief description of the driver and vehicle were provided to area residents. The suspected vehicle was a silver 2000 Chrysler Town and Country van.

The provided tips led investigators to arrest Stacie Paul Wagle, 42, Brazil. ISP officials served a Vigo County arrest warrant to Wagle at the Vigo County Jail, where he was being held on a probation violation.

Wagle was preliminarily charged with criminal recklessness (a class A misdemeanor), leaving the scene of a personal injury accident (a class A misdemeanor) and reckless driving (a class B misdemeanor).

His bond was set at $2,500, with no 10 percent allowed for the crash related charges.

According to officials, Wagle is suspected of being the driver of the van that collided with three other vehicles at a school bus stop on U.S. 40, then drove around the bus, which had its stop arm engaged as it was loading students, and fled the scene.

Only one driver received relatively minor injuries as a result of the crash.

The suspected vehicle is registered to a friend of Wagle.

According to officials, the first set of tips led troopers to the Vigo County location and apprehension of one of the Wabash Valley Crime Stoppers Most Wanted. The second led troopers to the arrest of a man suspected of methamphetamine operations in Putnam County.

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