Traffic stop leads to foot pursuit, man detained

DELAWARE CO. – On Thursday, around 9:30 a.m., Master Trooper Shawn Cosgrove of the Indiana State Police Pendleton District conducted a traffic stop on a Blue Chevrolet Silverado pick-up truck along Interstate 69 near the 245.0-mile marker for a speeding violation. 

The vehicle pulled over and came to a stop.  Trooper Cosgrove approached the vehicle and the driver identified himself as Gustavo Martinez.  When Trooper Cosgrove checked his driving record of Martinez, it was determined that he had a warrant out of Elkhart County.  

Trooper Cosgrove re-approached the vehicle and ordered the driver to step out.  As the driver, exited the vehicle, he took off on foot and leaped the interstate barrier fence into a field. 

Trooper Cosgrove began to chase the driver into the field and directed responding units to his direction of travel.  Trooper Tom Harbison drove his commission down a paralleling county road and intercepted the subject.  The individual was taken into custody without any further incident.

During the investigation, it was determined that the driver utilized a false name and told officers his correct name is Andres Espinoza, 27, of San Antonio, Texas.  While checking Espinoza’s record it was determined he had an active warrant out of San Antonio, Texas for burglary.  

Master Trooper Eric Perkins was requested to the scene and he deployed his canine, Mika, who gave a positive alert to the presence of controlled substances in the car. However, during a search of the vehicle no drugs were located.

Trooper Cosgrove arrested Espinoza and transported him to the Delaware County Jail where he was booked on the following misdemeanor charges, resisting arrest on foot and false informing.