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ISP: 3 people arrested in connection to suspect search in Spencer Co.

Published: Sep. 16, 2021 at 10:46 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 17, 2021 at 5:25 AM CDT
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SPENCER CO., Ind. (WFIE) - Indiana State Police are still looking for several suspects.

Late Thursday evening, troopers say they tried to pull over a car on I-64 in Warrick County.

They say the driver wouldn’t stop and a chase began. During the chase, troopers say they saw a gun thrown from the car.

They say as the car turned onto US 231, the chase was stopped because of safety.

A little while later, troopers say a Spencer County Deputy found the car abandoned in the southbound lane of US 231, just south of S.R. 62 near Dale.

Troopers say it smelled like marijuana and a stolen handgun was found inside.

Witnesses say they saw four people run from the car and try to cross the median, but they stopped and ran back west across US 231.

All suspects were considered to be armed and dangerous.

Several crews from several agencies were involved in a large search.

During the search, someone in Lincoln City reported a suspicious car. Troopers say that driver, Kyra Newsome of Louisville, was pulled over and questioned.

They believe Newsome was called to the area to pick up the suspects. She was charged with assisting a criminal.

Later, troopers say they learned another person was called in to pick up the suspects.

They say they stopped a car driven by Ronald B. Spencer Rodriguez with a passenger, Andrew Carter, and both were also charged with assisting a criminal.

The four original suspects have still not been found.

North Spencer County School Corporation elected to cancel school for Friday because of the proximity of the search.

“Erring on the side of safety this early in the school year with some built-in snow days, we just thought it was the best thing to do,” Superintendent Dan Scherry said.

The school did hold its varsity football game Friday night, as Scherry said police told him the suspects had most likely moved on from the area or at least would not pose any threat.

State troopers said the suspects had no ties to Spencer County and they speculated that they would likely leave the area as soon as possible.

If you see them, you are asked not to approach them, but call 911 immediately.

If you have any information pertaining to this case, please contact the Indiana State Police at Jasper 800-742-7475.

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