Meth and Stolen Vehicle Recovered after Pursuit

(UNDATED) – On Thursday, officers recovered a vehicle reported stolen out of Bartholomew County after a 10-mile pursuit crossed county lines and ended when the car was remotely disabled.

Around 2:30 p.m., a Clark County Sheriff’s Deputy advised he was northbound on I-65 near the 18 mile-marker and behind a red Chevrolet Malibu which was reported stolen earlier in the day.  

When the Deputy attempted to stop the vehicle, the car increased speed and tried to flee from the officer.  Numerous officers were in the area and joined in the pursuit including officers from the Indiana State Police in Sellersburg and the Clarksville Police Department. 

The vehicle continued north on I-65 and into Scott County, eluding officers attempts to use Stop Sticks along the way.  The passenger was also observed throwing an unknown substance out of the passenger window of the car. 

Realizing the car was equipped with a subscription-based navigation and security service, Indiana State Police Dispatch contacted the service and requested the vehicle be remotely disabled. 

Once the vehicle was disabled, it began to slow down and safely stopped on the side of the roadway.  After officers detained both occupants, the investigation also revealed meth and drug paraphernalia inside the car. 

The driver, Ryan Andrew Moody, 40, of Columbus, and the passenger, 20-year-old Audrey Fay Crank, of Hope, were taken into custody without incident and remanded into the Clark County Jail.  They are both charged with possession of meth, a Level 6 felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor. 

Moody is also charged with auto theft, a Level 5 felony, and reckless driving, a Class A misdemeanor.