A traffic stop early Friday morning came to a close after a driver tried fleeing police by heading off-road through farm fields and yards.
An Indiana State Police trooper was traveling east on State Road 10 near County Road 500 East around 7:30 a.m. this morning when he noticed 1998 Chevrolet S-10 pickup drive off the road. The trooper activated his emergency lights, and rather than stop, the pickup accelerated and cut through a yard onto County Road 600 East before proceeding into a farm field, where he made a U-turn.
The driver then drove back onto County Road 600 East, blew a stop sign, and proceeded north into Starke County, turning on County Road 750 South. The driver continued nearly a mile before his pickup truck left the roadway and traveled through a farm field, into the yard of a residence, and struck a fence.
Not deterred by this chain of events, Lennox ran east from the residence into a wooded area. A perimeter was established around the area and a K-9 unit was dispatched to track him down. The driver, Anthony Lennox, 36 of Rensselaer, was found hiding behind a barn at 11345 W. 750 S., where he had covered himself in brush and tried to hide underneath an old door.
Lennox finally gave up and was taken into custody without incident. He faces a slew of charges, including Habitual Traffic Violator for Life, Resisting Law Enforcement, two counts of Criminal Mischief, Reckless Driving, Possession of Marijuana, multiple traffic violations, a parole violation for Burglary, and an active warrant out of White County for Resisting Law Enforcement.