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Pursuit Leads to Arrest of a Clay County Jail Escapee

Vigo County – August 4, 2020, at approximately 6:15 p.m., Indiana State Police Putnamville Trooper Daniel Organ was patrolling in northern Vigo County.  While patrolling, he overheard a dispatch put out by Vigo County Central Dispatch Center in reference to a silver passenger car that Timothy Biddy, age 59, of Terre Haute, Indiana, an escapee from the Clay County Jail, may be operating.  Trooper Organ then observed the silver passenger car at Parke Avenue and Clinton Street, and recognized that Biddy was the operator.  Trooper Organ then attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but Biddy disregarded the fully marked State Police patrol car with its emergency lights activated, and accelerated.  A pursuit then ensued.

Biddy traveled across the center island in the roundabout at the intersection of Fruitridge and Haythorne and continued traveling south on Fruitridge Avenue. The pursuit traveled through several city streets, reaching speeds of 90 MPH.  After reaching the high rate of speed, Biddy came to an abrupt stop on 25th Street near Beech Street.  Once stopped, troopers and other local law enforcement officers conducted a felony traffic stop taking Biddy into custody without incident.  

Timothy Biddle

Further investigation discovered that Biddy was in possession of marijuana and of a stolen vehicle out of Collinsville, Illinois. Biddy was then transported to the Vigo County Jail where he is facing local charges.  Once adjudicated he will be transported to Clay County on charges of escape from lawful detention.    

Assisting:  Several Troopers from the Putnamville State Police Post, Clay County Sheriff’s Department, Vigo County Sheriff’s Department, Terre Haute Police Department, and AAA Towing Service.

Arrested and Charges: Timothy Biddy, 59, Terre Haute, IN

  • Escape from lawful detention (Clay County warrant), Level 5 Felony
  • Resisting Law Enforcement in Vehicle, Level 6 Felony
  • Auto Theft, Level 6 Felony
  • Reckless Driving, Class A Misdemeanor
  • Possession of Marijuana, Class A Misdemeanor 

All criminal defendants are to be presumed innocent until, and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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