(MADISON) – A Madison man was arrested after he stole an Indiana State Police vehicle from a trooper’s home in Jefferson County on State Road 63.
The trooper reported the ISP truck was stolen at 10:30 a.m. Friday.
The trooper had been working on equipment in the vehicle used by a state police specialty team when Vincent Wiefling, approached the residence on foot.
Wiefling then entered the vehicle without being seen by the trooper. He then drove it away from the scene northbound on State Road 62.
Two witnesses of the theft followed Wiefling in the truck until law enforcement could respond.
Wiefling crashed the vehicle in a ditch less than two miles from the trooper’s home and fled on foot.
Numerous law enforcement agencies responded to the scene. Wiefling was soon located hiding in a nearby wooded area. He was taken into custody and transported to the Jefferson County Jail.
Wiefling is facing charges of auto theft, resisting law enforcement, criminal trespassing, operating a vehicle while intoxicated, unlawful entry of a motor vehicle and leaving the scene of an accident.
Police learned that Wiefling had just been released from the Jefferson County Jail earlier Friday morning.
The Indiana State Police was assisted by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, Hanover Police Department, and Madison Police Department.