Wednesday afternoon between noon and 12:30 multiple law enforcement agencies were conducting surveillance as part of an ongoing burglary investigation when officers attempted to stop a pickup truck with two individuals who were suspected of having just burglarized a home on Walters Road in Dearborn County. Several officers had the vehicle surrounded near the intersection of Weisburg Road and Five Points when the driver attempted to flee and struck a Detective Abe Hildebrand of the Ripley County Sheriff’s Department. A trooper fired several shots at the vehicle as the suspects fled and led police on a high speed chase through northern Dearborn County into southern Franklin County where they abandoned their vehicle on Sturwold Road and fled on foot. A perimeter was established and the suspects were taken into custody a short time later. Arrested were 20 year old Dakota Fraley of Holton and 24 year old Chad Sumler of Versailles. Both are currently being held in the Dearborn County Jail on a preliminary charge of burglary. Additional charges are expected to be filed later today.
Yesterday’s incident was part of an ongoing investigation into a rash of daytime burglaries that have been occurring over the last couple of months in Dearborn, Decatur, and Ripley Counties. Investigators from the Indiana State Police and the sheriff’s departments from the counties affected have been working in cooperation to compare information and intelligence. Through the collaborative efforts of the agencies involved, suspects were finally developed and surveillance teams were established which culminated in yesterday’s arrests.
Investigators worked well into the night last executing at least two search warrants that resulted in the recovery of numerous items of the stolen property and as the investigation continues it is expected to clear 25 to 30 burglaries in the three counties. In addition, other individuals could be charged.
The trooper who shot at the suspects yesterday is an undercover ISP investigator. Due to the nature of his current assignment, his name will not be released. Detective Hildebrand suffered a chipped tooth after being struck by the suspect vehicle yesterday but was otherwise, uninjured.
Persons arrested are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.
— Daily News