HAMILTON / MADISON COUNTIES, Ind. (WANE) – A Texas man with an active arrest warrant attempted to flee from Indiana State Police in a stolen police car after being approached by an officer for suspicious activity on Saturday night.
ISP Region 5 dispatchers in Indianapolis were monitoring cameras that night and observed a black 1999 Ford F-150 parked behind an abandoned vehicle on I-69 near the 206-mile marker. They watched as a white male began looking into the car, later identified as Phillip Lane Hurley Jr. A trooper was dispatched to check on the suspicious activity.
When the trooper arrived, he approached Hurley, who immediately ran away from the car. The trooper chased Hurley and deployed his taser, striking him. Police said that as the trooper attempted to place Hurley in handcuffs, he began to resist arrest by assaulting the officer actively.
Another trooper responded to help the first and witnessed Hurley on top of the first officer. Hurley saw the additional officer approaching and ran to the first officer’s police car, stole it and fled. The second trooper checked on the first one before chasing Hurley.
Hurley led police on a pursuit southbound on I-69 where he exited onto 96th St. He turned around and began traveling north on I-69. He exited at the 214-mile marker, turned around, and traveled south. He exited at the 210-mile marker, where he once again turned around and traveled northbound on the interstate.
Officers from the Fishers Police Department and the Madison County Sheriff’s Department joined the pursuit as it continued northbound on I-69 at speeds of 140 miles per hour.
Hurley finally exited I-69 at the 226-mile marker and traveled south on State Road 109, where ISP dispatchers could no longer view his vehicle on the interstate cameras. Dispatchers were able to monitor his location by using the GPS installed in the stolen police car. They continued to advise pursuing troopers of Hurley’s location until he crashed in the intersection of 53rd St. and Scatterfield Road inside the city limits of Anderson.
Hurley struck a southbound SUV before spinning out of control and striking a semi-tractor trailer sitting stationary at the traffic light. Neither driver of the other vehicles involved was injured during the crash.
After the crash, Hurley escaped the wrecked car and fled on foot, running through the McDonald’s parking lot. He unsuccessfully attempted to steal two vehicles from the parking lot, both of which were occupied at the time. He continued running until members of the Anderson Police Department stopped him.
Hurley was transported to St. Vincent Hospital in Anderson to be evaluated for minor injuries sustained in the crash. He remains there under police custody until released by hospital staff.
Investigators learned the vehicle Hurley was originally driving had been stolen near Effingham, Illinois. They also learned Hurley had an active arrest warrant, with full extradition, from the Harris County Sheriff’s Department in Houston, Texas. The warrant is for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Hurley will formally be arrested and charged once he is released from the hospital.
The Indiana State Police was assisted by the ISP Pendleton Crash Reconstruction Team, Fishers Police Department, Madison County Sheriff’s Department, Anderson Police Department, Madison County EMA, and Garner’s Towing.