HYMERA- On Thursday, February 16th at approximately 8:20 p.m., Indiana State Police Trooper Austin Robertson was completing a traffic stop on State Road 48 near Hymera, when another passenger vehicle traveled past him.
That vehicle was operated by 43-year-old Dustin B. McKim, of Sullivan. Having the knowledge that McKim had active warrants out of Sullivan County for his arrest, Trooper Robertson immediately returned to his commission in order to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle.
Trooper Robertson caught up to McKim and activated his emergency lights to initiate a traffic stop. McKim drove for approximately one additional mile through the streets of Hymera, eventually coming to an abrupt stop.
Trooper Robertson then observed McKim quickly exit the vehicle, running south. Trooper Robertson, without hesitation, got out of his patrol car and gave loud verbal commands for McKim to stop, but the commands were disregarded, and Trooper Robertson pursued on foot.
McKim ran through several yards and was able to evade Trooper Robertson. Several other law enforcement officers arrived on the scene and through the use of a K-9 and a thermal imaging drone, McKim was located hiding in bushes and was immediately secured.
Further investigation by Trooper Robertson also revealed that McKim displayed signs of impairment. McKim agreed to submit to a certified test and failed. He was arrested on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated endangerment, OWI, resisting law enforcement, and a warrant for conversion. He was taken to the Sullivan County Jail where he is currently being held without bond.
Assisting Agencies: Several troopers of the Putnamville State Police Post, Department of Natural Resources, Jasonville Police Department, Farmersburg Police Department, and the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department.