Driver caught after run into Tandy’s IGA

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On February 3rd at approximately 7:30 p.m. the Rising

Sun Police Department was dispatched to the parking lot of

Tandy’s IGA in Rising Sun to investigate a male subject in a

black vehicle screaming and yelling a woman’s name.

Ohio County Deputies were then told that the black colored

vehicle had left Tandy’s parking lot and was traveling

northbound on SR 56. Deputies were also told that the vehicle

had struck the short concrete wall that divides the Tandy’s

IGA parking lot and the Dollar General Store parking

lot and that vehicle had backed into and struck the Tandy’s

IGA building.

Deputies located the vehicle just North of Rising Sun on

SR 56 and attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle.

Deputies observed smoke coming from the vehicle and observed

the right front tire to come loose from the rim. The

vehicle continued on SR 56 North on its three remaining

tires and rim.

Deputies initiated a vehicle pursuit and were told by Ohio

County Dispatchers that the Aurora Police Department had

Stop Sticks set up at the Laughery Creek Bridge on State

Road 56 North. During the pursuit the vehicle ran over the

Stop Sticks and it was confirmed by APD Officers that the

Stop Sticks were successful in deflating the vehicle’s remaining

tires.

The vehicle continued a short distance and then pulled

over and stopped. The driver, who was identified as Randy

K. Lester, was taken into custody without incident. Lester

agreed to submit to a certified chemical test and was taken

to DCH ER, where a blood draw was performed. Lester’s

blood test results are pending. The total length of the pursuit

was approximately 4.2 miles.

Lester was placed under arrest and chared with Failure

to Stop After Accident (Property Damage) a Class B Misdemeanor,

Operating While Intoxicated (Endangerment) a Class A

Misdemeanor, and Resisting Law Enforcement (Flee in Vehicle)

a Level 6 Felony

The Aurora Police and Rising Sun Police Departments

assisted. The Ohio County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind

the public that the fact that a person has been charged

with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is

presumed innocent until proven guilty.