Vigo County—On Wednesday morning, October 4, 2017 at 04:30, Indiana State Police Trooper Kyle Hall clocked a dark blue Chrysler mini-van southbound on 3rd St (US 41) near Locust Street (Terre Haute) at 58 miles-per-hour in a 30mph zone. Trooper Hall caught up to the van and activated his emergency lighting. The driver of the van pulled into a convenience store parking lot near 3rd and Poplar Streets, but before Trooper Hall could exit his police commission, the driver sped off southbound on 3rd Street.
Other Putnamville District troopers attempted to intervene, but the suspect driver would not stop and continued southbound on US 41 through Vigo and Sullivan counties reaching speeds of 100mph. As the driver entered Knox County, Vincennes Police attempted to deploy tire deflation devices on the suspect van, but could not achieve a position to do so. At that time, the commander of the Evansville District terminated the event without apprehension of the driver.
Acting on information from the suspect vehicle’s registration, other individual’s, and additional information supplied by the Perry County Sheriff’s Office, Cannelton Police Department, and the Vincennes Police Department, the suspect and suspect vehicle were located at a motel on Hart Street in Vincennes, IN. late in the evening on October 4.
At 12:50a.m. today, Evansville District troopers Corey Risley and Casey Boeckman, along with Vincennes Police Officer Michael Caswell, took the suspect into custody without incident and seized the vehicle. Trooper Kyle Hall arrived moments later, and transported the suspect identified as 43-year-old Randy D. James of Cannelton, IN. to the Vigo County Jail.
During the time Randy James was fleeing, he was alleged to have had a female passenger he refused to let exit the vehicle.
Trooper Kyle Hall incarcerated Randy D. James on preliminary charges of Resisting Law Enforcement, Confinement, Reckless Driving, and Driving While Suspended. James was also cited for other traffic violations.