Submerged Vehicle Leads to Arrest of Subject Wanted on Warrant

Submerged Vehicle Leads to Arrest of Subject Wanted on Warrant


On Friday, June 28th, 2024, Harrison County Sheriff’s Department Dispatch advised of a vehicle submerged in the Ohio River at the Mauckport boat ramp. 

Arrested and Charges from Harrison County Warrant was James D. Schuppert, 61, Mauckport, IN

  • Manufacturing Methamphetamine – Level 4 Felony
  • Possession of Methamphetamine- Level 6 Felony
  • Possession of Paraphernalia – Class C Misdemeanor

Arresting Officer – Trooper Dustin Whitaker

Assisting Officers – Sergeant Dustin Zehnder and Trooper Nathaniel Newton

Assisting Agencies – Harrison County Sheriff’s Department, Harrison County EMS, Harrison County EMA, Heth Township Fire Department, Boone Township Fire Department, and A-1 Towing

Indiana State Police Sergeant Dustin Zehnder and Trooper Nathan Newton responded along with first responders. When first responders arrived, they located an F-150 pickup mostly submerged in the Ohio River that backed too far down the boat ramp. The driver was identified as James Schuppert of Mauckport. Officers were familiar with Schuppert and knew he had an active arrest warrant. 

Scuba Diver Trooper Dustin Whitaker assisted A-1 towing with recovering Schuppert and his vehicle. When Schuppert was back on land, he was taken into custody and transported to the Harrison County Jail for his active arrest warrant.

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