Sheriff’s department seeking driver, passenger who rammed patrol car

Bartholomew County Sheriff’s deputies are looking for the driver, and his passenger, of a car that rammed into a deputy’s patrol vehicle Wednesday. 

Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Deputy Adam DeBoth was sent to 2413 E. County Road 650S at 3:33 a.m. Wednesday on a report of a suspicious vehicle, deputies said.

When he arrived, he found a young adult male in the driver’s seat and a young female in the passenger’s seat, both appearing to be in their 20s.

The driver began backing the vehicle in an effort to get away. The vehicle, a maroon Chrysler 300, pulled forward and rammed DeBoth’s patrol vehicle, damaging the front passenger quarter panel, bumper and breaking a turn signal light, deputies said.

DeBoth pursued the vehicle west on 650S through Rosstown and south to near Whitecreek Church, where DeBoth ended the pursuit due to fog and road conditions. The Chrysler was later located in northern Jackson County, but the occupants were not, deputies said.

The Bartholomew County Sheriff’s department is seeking help in identifying the two people in the vehicle.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the sheriff’s department at 812-379-1650 or call the tipline at 812-379-1712.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at or (812) 379-5631.