100 mph: Two men arrested after car chase, crash and attempted break-in

A Princeton man and a Vincennes man were charged with 13 different counts after a car chase ended with them crashing and running from police Wednesday evening.

McCarter

The incident began when police received a report of a reckless driver eastbound on Interstate 64 at at the 58 mile-marker. The motorist reported the Dodge Charger was driving in excess of 100 mph.

Indiana State Troop Kern observed the suspect vehicle passing the Ferdinand exit near the 63 mile-marker and was not able to catch up to the Dodge Charger until the 72 mile-marker near I-64 and State Road 145.

According to Kern, the driver, later identified as Zeberiah M. Stilwell, 40, Princeton, exited I-64 and traveled north on State Road 145 where he disregarded an INDOT barricade that was in place indicating a road closure.

Stilwell

Stilwell continued northbound on State Road 145 before making an abrupt u-turn and driving back south. He was heading straight at Trooper Kern who was attempting to exit his patrol car. Stillwell swerved before striking Kern and drove through a field near Taylor Hollow Road ending up crashing into a ditch.

Stilwell and his passenger, William B. McCarter, 22, Vincennes, both exited the vehicle and attempted escape on foot. Kern apprehended McCarter near the crash location.

Meanwhile, Dubois County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call from a homeowner reporting a suspect was attempting to break into their residence which was located near the crash location. Moments later Trooper Blunk and Dubois County Deputy Gogel arrived and spotted Stilwell running through the woods away from the residence.

Blunk and Gogel were able to chase down and apprehend Stilwell.

Stilwell was taken to Jasper Memorial Hospital by ambulance for a medical evaluation before he was transported to the Dubois County Jail where he is currently being held on no bond for the following charges:

  • Resisting Law Enforcement with a Vehicle, 1 Count, IC 35-44.1-3-1, Level 6 Felony
  • Common Nuisance, 1 Count, IC 35-45-1-5, Level 6 Felony
  • Criminal Recklessness, 1 Count, IC 35-42-2-2, Level 6 Felony
  • Auto Theft, 1 Count, IC 35-43-4-2.5, Level 6 Felony
  • Burglary, 1 Count, IC 35-43-2-1, Level 4 Felony
  • Resisting Law Enforcement without a Vehicle, 1 Count, IC 35-44.1-3-1, Class A Misdemeanor
  • Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Crash, 1 Count, IC 9-26-1-1.1, Class B Misdemeanor
  • Criminal Mischief, 1 Count, IC 35-43-1-1, Class A Misdemeanor
  • Possession of Marijuana, 1 Count, IC 35-48-4-11(a)(1), Class C Misdemeanor
  • Reckless Driving, 1 Count, IC 9-21-8-52, Class C Misdemeanor

Stilwell was wanted on warrants for the following charges:

  • State of Illinois, Burglary
  • (Year 2011) State of Indiana, Petition to Revoke:
  • Manufacturing a Schedule II Controlled Substance, 1 Count, IC 35-48-4-2, Level 6 Felony
  • Possession of Methamphetamine, 1 Count, IC 35-48-4-6.1, Class D Felony
  • Possession of Chemical W/Intent to Manufacture-Possession of Chemical Reagent of Precursors with Intent, 1 Count, IC 35-48-4-14.5, Class D Felony
  • Possession of Pseudoephedrine More than 10 Grams, 1 Count, IC 35-48-4.14.5, Class D Felony
  • Unlawful Possession of Syringe, 1 Count, IC 16-42-19-18, Class D Felony
  • Possession of Marijuana, 1 Count, IC 35-48-4-11, Class A Misdemeanor
  • Possession of Paraphernalia, 1 Count, IC 36-48-4-8.3, Class A Misdemeanor

McCarter was taken to the Perry County Hospital by Senior Trooper Charlie Johnson for a medical evaluation before he was transported to the Dubois County Jail where he is currently being held on bond for the following charges:

  • Common Nuisance, 1 Count, IC 35-45-1-5, Level 6 Felony
  • Resisting Law Enforcement without a Vehicle, 1 Count, IC 35-44.1-3-1, Class A Misdemeanor
  • Possession of Marijuana, 1 Count, IC 35-48-4-11(a)(1), Class C Misdemeanor

Sergeant Mark Green, Senior Trooper Charlie Johnson, Troopers Blunk, Henning, Nolan, Griffith along with Dubois County Sheriff’s Deputies Monarrez and Gogel, Birdseye First Responders, Jasper Memorial Hospital EMS and KARS Towing.

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