Peru- At 11:10 pm on December 26, 2019, ISP Trooper Derek Rine was patrolling in Fulton County when he observed a white 2011 Jeep Patriot driving northbound on CR 850 W at a high rate of speed. Trooper Rine observed the Jeep turn onto CR 600 N without coming to a stop at the stop sign. Trooper Rine positioned himself behind the Jeep and activated his emergency lights and sirens to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle but the Jeep failed to stop. The Jeep continued travelling on numerous county and local roads and through residential yards running several stop signs and disregarding traffic laws before coming to a stop approximately 12 minutes later in the area of Virginia St and Old SR 17.
The driver then fled on foot through a wooded area but wasn’t fast enough as he was apprehended by officers within two minutes without further incident. The male subject was identified as Brandon King and found to be wanted on arrest warrants out of Fulton and Marshall Counties. Mr. King was transported to the Fulton County Jail on multiple charges resulting from the vehicle pursuit as well as the charges from his arrest warrants.
Trooper Rine was assisted by deputies from the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department and ISP Trooper Andrew Baldwin. Mr. King’s charges are as follows:
Brandon King, 36 of Rochester, IN
Resisting Law Enforcement – Vehicle (Level 6 Felony)
Resisting Law Enforcement – On Foot (A Misdemeanor)
Possession of Marijuana (B Misdemeanor)
Reckless Driving (C Misdemeanor)
Marshall County Warrants – Burglary and Failure to Appear
Fulton County Warrant – Possession of Marijuana
Under the Law, criminal charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.