Huntingburg man arrested after fleeing from a trooper

PIKE CO. – On Wednesday afternoon, an Indiana State Police trooper was patrolling southbound on State Road 61 in Campbelltown when the driver of a 1997 Ford Ranchero drove left of center and nearly struck his patrol car.

The trooper immediately made a U-turn and attempted to conduct a traffic stop. The driver, who was later identified as 25-year-old Bruce Phillips, of Huntingburg, slowed down and turned into a driveway but drove around a tree and re-entered State Road 61 north.

Phillips turned onto County Road 75 North where he drove into a cemetery before losing control and sliding down an embankment. Phillips immediately jumped out of his truck and ran into a nearby wooded area.

A female passenger was not injured and was later released.

A perimeter was established, and officers entered the wooded area where Phillips was eventually located and arrested without further incident.

Phillips displayed signs of impairment and failed field sobriety tests but refused to submit to a chemical test. He was taken to the Pike County Jail where he is currently being held on charges of resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, resisting arrest, and operating a vehicle while intoxicated with a prior conviction and outstanding warrants out of Dubois and Pike counties.

Arresting Officer was ISP Trooper Dustin Stein

Assisting Agencies were Pike County Sheriff’s Office, Petersburg Police, Winslow Town Marshal, and Indiana Conservation Officers.