Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN


May 2, 2013

Suspect leads law-enforcement on two-county high-speed chase

Greensburg — A Chaplin, Ky. man is currently housed at the Decatur County Jail, held on a $7,505 commercial bond following a high-speed flight from law-enforcement.

Randy O. Riggs, 21, is charged with one count each of Resisting Law Enforcement (Class D Felony), Criminal Recklessness With a Motor Vehicle (Class A Misdemeanor) and Reckless Driving (Class B Misdemeanor).

Departments from Decatur and Rush Counties participated in the pursuit, including officers from the Greensburg Police Department (GPD), the Decatur County Sheriff’s Department (DCSD), the Rush County Sheriff’s Department (RCSD) and the Rushville Police Department (RPD).

According to a police report filed in Decatur County Superior Court, the incident ultimately leading to Riggs’ apprehension and arrest began Tuesday night on State Road 3.

A member of the Decatur County EMS radioed a GPD patrol unit late Tuesday night. The EMS personnel reported that a car headed northbound on State Road 3 had nearly hit the EMS vehicle head-on when the car swerved into the southbound lane.

Shortly thereafter, officers took up pursuit of a four-door 1999 Mercury Sable wagon northbound on State Road 3, allegedly driven by Riggs.

Despite the use of emergency lights and audible sirens by GPD officers, the report states, the driver refused to pull over.

In fact, the driver of the Mercury began increasing speed near the intersection of State Road 3 North and Broadway Street. During the pursuit, the Mercury reached speeds in excess of 100 m.p.h. Additionally, the driver also swerved into the southbound lane numerous time and “nearly struck four different occupied moving vehicles,” the report states.

When the car crossed into Rush County, continuing to flee, members of the RCSD and the RPD joined the pursuit. “Stop sticks” were deployed by the RCSD to disable the vehicle, ultimately crippling it and resulting in a “high-risk traffic stop,” with Riggs being arrested and taken into custody.

A search of both Riggs and the car uncovered no evidence he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Riggs allegedly “displayed an understanding that his actions were criminal and intentional in nature,” at the time of arrest. However, officers were alerted by a call from the suspect’s mother to a “possible mental health issue” as a contributing factor to the incident.

Dr. B. Stegman was consulted regarding the suspect’s mental health, according to the report. Stegman ultimately cleared Riggs as “medically fit for incarceration,” and the suspect was booked into the Decatur County Jail just after 11 p.m. Tuesday night.


Contact: Rob Cox at 812-663-3111 x7011.


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