SHELBURN, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – The subject of a three week-long manhunt for a series of crimes involving stolen vehicles was in custody after a head-on collision early Monday morning.
Sullivan County Sheriff Clark Cottom said Monday that officials received information that Dalton Hood may have been in the Shelburn area. Lieutenant William Snead, along with Sullivan City police officer Mitchel Eberhardt, proceeded to the area and spotted Hood on Maple Street, driving a 1990 Toyota pick-up truck.
As the officers attempted to stop Hood, he fled north, before turning westbound on Jefferson St. When Hood came up to the US-41 intersection, he turned southbound onto the northbound lane, colliding head-on with a northbound semi-tractor trailer.
After the crash, Hood exited the pickup, and fled west on foot. Officer Eberhard and Lieutenant Snead apprehended Hood after a brief chase.
Hood, who was not injured in the crash or during the apprehension, had dyed his hair orange, in a failed attempt to conceal his identity. The Toyota pickup that Hood was driving had been reported stolen from Vigo County.
Sullivan County Sheriff’s investigators had been working for several weeks with officials from Vigo County, Crawford County and the U.S. Marshal’s Office, in an attempt to locate Hood, 21, of West York, Ill., the primary suspect in a three-county crime spree, in which multiple vehicles had been stolen. Some of those vehicles were later found crashed or burned. Police also believe Hood was a suspect in a northern Sullivan County theft from a residence, which had been caught on camera last week.
The semi driver, Murrell L. Bedwell, 69, of Shelburn, was not injured. PWD Transportation in Indianapolis, Ind., owners of the semi-tractor trailer, provided officials with in-cab video of the crash, seen above. Indiana State Police Trooper Polly Blackburn was summoned to work the crash
Hood was transported to the Sullivan County Jail, charged with Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, a level 6 felony, Resisting Law Enforcement, a level 6 felony, Possession of Marijuana, a class A misdemeanor, and Leaving scene of a Property Damage Crash, a class B misdemeanor.
Hood was served with Indiana warrants for Auto Theft, a level 6 felony, Conversion, a level 6 felony, Residential Entry, a level 6 felony, Criminal Mischief, a class B misdemeanor, and Railroad Trespass, a class B misdemeanor.
Additionally, a hold was placed on Hood in Crawford County, Ill., for possession of methamphetamine and possession of a firearm. Vigo County officials are also investigating incidents related to Hood.
Deputy Colin Berg, SCAT Ambulance, and the Shelburn Fire Department assisted at the scene.