Two arrested after stolen U-Haul located

Bartholomew County Sheriff deputies arrested an Indianapolis man after seeing a stolen 2011 Ford E450 U-Haul truck traveling south on U.S. 31.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Andrew Whipker saw the truck at 5:44 p.m. Sunday, deputies said. As the truck turned westbound onto Fiesbeck Drive, Whipker attempted a traffic stop; however, the vehicle failed to yield. As Whipker pursued the vehicle in the area of Harvest Meadows, a passenger, identified as Brian Petro, 37, Indianapolis, jumped from the truck. Petro was taken into custody without incident, deputies said.

While Whipker attempted to locate the U-Haul truck, he observed it traveling westbound on West County Road 450N toward U.S. 31. The vehicle eventually stopped on West County Road 400N.

The driver, identified as Joseph Mark Harshbarger, 37, Indianapolis, was taken to the Bartholomew County Jail on preliminary charges of:

Resisting law enforcement with a vehicle

Possession of stolen property

Possession of a controlled substance

Driving while suspended – prior

He remains in BCJ in lieu of $25,000 bond.

Petro was taken to the Bartholomew County Jail on a preliminary charge of criminal trespass and has since been released.