SUBJECT: Wanted Violent Felon Rams a Patrol Car, Crashes Truck During Pursuit
RELEASE NUMBER: 2018-NR-014
CONTACT: Lt. Noah Robinson
AUTHORITY: Sheriff Dave Wedding
An Evansville man wanted for Aggravated Battery is in custody and facing new charges after leading sheriff’s deputies and police officers on a vehicle pursuit Friday night.
On Friday, March 09, 2018 a 10:42 PM sheriff’s deputies attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a grey 1994 Dodge Ram 1500 pick-up truck driven by Mr. Shane Hunter. Mr. Hunter was being sought on an active warrant for Aggravated Battery with a Knife as a Level 3 Felony.
Mr. Hunter fled from deputies, but lost control of his vehicle and struck a Vectren utility pole in a parking lot north of Campground Road and Stringtown Road. Mr. Hunter then reversed his vehicle, turned around and rammed a stationary Sheriff’s Office vehicle before continuing to flee west on Campground Road. During the pursuit, Mr. Hunter turned off all the lights on his truck in an attempt to evade pursuing deputies. Mr. Hunter lost control of his vehicle once again while on Kratzville Road, crashing into a wooded area just south of W. Buena Vista Road.
Mr. Hunter then fled on foot and was tracked by both a Sheriff’s Office K-9 team and a Evansville Police Department K-9 team. The Evansville Police K-9 located and apprehended Mr. Hunter hiding in a pile of sand in the driveway of a nearby residential address.
Deputies located a small amount of methamphetamine and marijuana in Mr. Hunter’s truck. Mr. Hunter was arrested and transported to Deaconess Hospital for treatment of a dog bite sustained during his apprehension. He was later discharged from the hospital and booked in at the Jail.
Shane Ryan Hunter (pictured above), 24, of Evansville. Resisting Law Enforcement as a Level 6 Felony, Resisting Law Enforcement as a Class A Misdemeanor, Hit and Run as a Class B Misdemeanor (2 counts), Possession of Methamphetamine as a Level 6 Felony, Possession of Marijuana as a Class B Misdemeanor, Reckless Driving as a Class C Misdemeanor, Driving while License Suspended as a Class A Misdemeanor