PUTNAM COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — A Florida man is in custody after ramming an Indiana State Police vehicle and leading police on a chase that ended with his truck in a ditch.
35-year-old Matthew L. Renten of Green Cove Springs, Florida was arrested and charged with reckless driving, leaving the scene of a crash, and resisting law enforcement.
The charges stem from the events of Thursday, April 21. When, according to Indiana State Police, at approximately 1:15 p.m. an ISP trooper spotted a red truck traveling at high speeds on US 40. After pulling the truck over, the officer had to tell the driver to remain in the truck. When the officer approached the truck’s driver-side window, Renten reportedly put the truck in reverse and accelerated, ramming into the front of the ISP vehicle. Renten then drove through a ditch to flee eastbound on US 40.
The trooper, upon seeing the vehicle was still able to be driven followed in pursuit at a reduced speed. A second trooper then joined the pursuit as Renten turned onto County Road 1000 East. Driving down numerous county roads, Renten eventually lost control of the truck and spun into a ditch where the vehicle was disabled.
Renten was reportedly taken into custody without further incident. Renten was taken to the Putnam County Hospital for treatment before being taken to the Putnam County Jail.
Renten has been charged with:
- Resisting law enforcement, level 6 felony
- Reckless driving, class A misdemeanor
- Leaving the scene of a crash, class B misdemeanor
According to police, Renten displayed signs of impairment, and the results of a chemical test are pending through the Indiana Department of Toxicology.