SULLIVAN COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – A truck sideswiping a Sullivan County deputy’s patrol car led to a two-county chase on Thursday. It also led to the eventual arrest of a Huntingberg man with outstanding warrants for meth and assault in Dubois County, according to Sullivan County Sheriff Clark Cottom.
At approximately 12:44 p.m., Sullivan County Deputy Greg Kreilein was traveling southbound on CR 200 E near Farmersburg when a northbound white Chevy Silverado sideswiped the deputy’s patrol car. Kreilein initiated a traffic stop, where the driver was identified Jeffrey Frakes, 48, of Huntingburg.
Frakes was initially cooperative during the course of Kreilein’s initial investigation. Shortly thereafter, it was discovered that Frakes had outstanding warrants from Dubois County, IN, for Child Fondling, PTR on Dealing Meth, and Assault-Strangulation.
As Deputy Kreilein proceeded back to Frakes’ vehicle to take him into custody, Frakes suddenly sped away. Kreilein called for assistance and pursued him for several miles into Vigo County. Frakes eventually ditched the vehicle on Laforge Street before running into the woods.
A Terre Haute City Police K-9 unit tracked and apprehended Frakes, approximately 1/2 mile east of the abandoned vehicle. Frakes was transported to Regional Hospital for a dog bite, which occurred during the apprehension. He was treated and released and transported to the Sullivan County Jail.
In addition to the Dubois County warrants, local charges are: resisting law enforcement, 4 counts possession of a syringe, possession of marijuana, all Level 6 felonies, dealing methamphetamine, a Level 2 felony, and leaving the scene of an accident, a B misdemeanor.
Assisting agencies were the Indiana State Police, Vigo County Sheriff’s Office, Terre Haute Police Department, Trans Care Ambulance, Honey Creek Fire and Rescue and Recovery Plus towing.