NOBLE COUNTY – A Rome City man and a Kendallville woman were arrested yesterday afternoon after they fled in a vehicle from Indiana State Police Troopers who were attempting to serve an arrest warrant on the man at his Jones Lake residence.
According to Trooper John Silver, yesterday morning at approximately 10:12 a.m., he, along with Troopers Steve Malone, Chris Kinsey, Jacob Bill and Noble County Sheriff Deputy Johnny Ritchie went to a residence in the 10700 block of Oak Knoll Road to serve a probation violation arrest warrant on 34-year old Herbert Andrew Foote.
Within moments of their arrival, they saw a maroon 2000 Chevrolet pickup, without a bed or license plate approaching before it made an abrupt U-turn and sped off in the opposite direction. Malone attempted to stop the vehicle, which was later determined to have been driven by Foote. Despite Malone’s emergency equipment having been activated and displayed, Foote continued to drive for the next seven minutes before driving off-road down a lane of rough terrain. The front left tire of Foote’s truck broke off and it flopped onto its right side, at which time Foote and his passenger, 32 year old Autumn Lorig Morphew exited and continued to flee on foot.
At approximately 10:32 a.m., Noble County Sheriff Deputy Brandon Chordas deployed an unmanned aerial vehicle, commonly referred to as a drone to assist in the search. Within minutes of that, Wolcottville Deputy Marshal Nate Sprunger arrived with his K-9 partner and began a track. During the next two hours, K-9 teams from the Avilla Police and DeKalb County Sheriff Departments were utilized as well as a drone from the Ligonier Police Department. Foote and Morphew were located and taken into custody at about 12:24 p.m., approximately one-and-a-half miles east of their truck, and they will each face additional charges from the Noble County Prosecutor’s Office.
The Noble County Sheriff Department, DeKalb County Sheriff Department, Wolcottville Police Department, Rome City Police Department, Avilla Police Department, and the Ligonier Police Department all played a significant role in the search and ultimate apprehension.