A State Trooper’s vehicl was struck yesterday afternoon when a suspect rammed into it in Vigo County.

Preston Craig Lee, age 30, of Terre Haute, IN was arrested and taken to Vigo County Jail. 

He was charged with:

Theft (Felony); Resisting Law Enforcement (Felony); Residential Entry(misdemeanor); Criminal Trespass (misdemeanor); Criminal Mischief (misdemeanor) Operating While Intoxicated (Felony) Operating While Intoxicated Endangerment (misdemeanor); Operating While Intoxicated Schedule I or II (misdemeanor).

On Tuesday, August 8th, at 4:30 in the afternoon, Indiana State Police Master Trooper Matt Ames responded to a residence in Idle Creek subdivision on a burglary in progress call.  

Once in the area he observed a white male walking from the residence towards a gold SUV. Trooper Ames approached the SUV in an attempt to speak with the individual, however the male subject got in the gold SUV and sped off.  

Trooper Ames activated his emergency lights and sirens in an attempt to stop the vehicle but the subject ignored the activation of the emergency lights and sirens.

Sheriff Ewing with the Vigo County Sheriff’s office was in the area and observed what was taking place and assisted Trooper Ames in the pursuit.

At one point the vehicle was stopped by a train. Trooper Ames again gave verbal commands that went ignored.

The driver of the gold SUV then put the vehicle in reverse and rammed Trooper Ames’ patrol vehicle.

The train then cleared the tracks and the driver then drove on the tracks where the vehicle became stuck.

Trooper Ames approached the vehicle and was able to gain access to the vehicle and take the driver into custody. There are no injuries to report.  

Assisting were ISP Troopers Erik Smith, Rondell Shelton, Courtland Woodruff and Sergeant Chris Wright. Also assisting were Sheriff Greg Ewing, Deputy David Ewing, and Deputy Chase St. John with the Vigo County Sheriff’s Office.  

 Under the Law, criminal charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.