Police find suspect who used trap door to hide under trailer

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Two days after a man allegedly stole a vehicle and led police on a chase, LaGrange County police arrested him at a home in Hudson, Indiana. 

According to the LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department, a deputy tried to make a traffic stop near C.R. 1150 E and C.R. 350 S around 7:45 p.m. on Tuesday, January 8. Police said the driver of a Ford Ranger had made a traffic infraction. 

When the officer turned on his lights to pull the man over, the man took off. 

The deputy engaged in a short pursuit before the driver lost him by driving through several fields. 

Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to help find the vehicle and driver. 

After searching the area for a while, they found the pickup truck in a field near C.R. 1100 E and C.R. 500 S. The driver was not inside. 

Police searched the area for the driver, but were not able to find him. 

After investigating and collecting evidence, police discovered the vehicle had been stolen. They suspected Jeremy Tuttle, of Stroh, was the man responsible for the crime.

Two days later, on January 10, police were notified that Tuttle had been seen at a mobile home at 11990 E. 600 S, Lot 6, in Hudson, Indiana. 

Deputies from the LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department made several attempts to get someone to answer the door, but nobody responded. 

Police then applied for a search warrant of the home, which a judge granted. 

Further investigation led police to believe that the homeowner Mary Dolch was inside with Nathan Ray Harter and Paige Cusick. 

Deputies entered the home and searched for Tuttle. They eventually found a hidden compartment concealed in the floor of the trailer. 

After investigating further, police found Tuttle hiding under the trailer and arrested him.

Tuttle was booked into the LaGrange County Jail for preliminary charges of Resisting Law Enforcement, Theft of an Automobile, Resisting Law Enforcement by fleeing in a motor vehicle, and Failure to Appear out of DeKalb County. 

Police anticipate additional charges against Tuttle as they continue their investigation. 

Mary Dolch, Nathan Harter, and Morgan Cusick were also arrested and booked into the LaGrange County Jail for preliminary charges of Aiding a Criminal and Obstruction of Justice. 

Cusck is also under investigation for additional charges that are still under investigation. 

This isn’t the first time Tuttle has been suspected of a crime involving a stolen vehicle.

He was previously the subject of a manhunt in January 2017. Police eventually found him in stolen vehicle in Fort Wayne. He has been charged with multiple other crimes in the past few years.

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