Warrick County – Tuesday evening, June 9, at approximately 7:26, Warrick County Sheriff’s Department received information from security at Walmart that three men and a woman had allegedly stolen items from inside the store and left the area in a grey Chevrolet Malibu. Master Trooper Matt Lockridge was nearby and noticed the vehicle as it was leaving the parking lot. Lockridge attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver accelerated and refused to stop. The driver then suddenly stopped on High Pointe Drive just east of Libbert Road. When Lockridge exited his patrol car the driver accelerated and disregarded the stop sign at Libbert Road and at S.R. 66. The vehicle continued west on S.R. 66 reaching speeds of approximately 80 mph. The driver lost control of his vehicle as he attempted to go north on I-69. The vehicle left the roadway and came to a final rest in the center grassy portion of the cloverleaf. The passengers in the vehicle exited and immediately surrendered. The driver exited and fled on foot, but was quickly apprehended and arrested without further incident. The three passengers were questioned and later released. Further investigation revealed Simmons allegedly stole a San Disk 64 GB USB Flash Drive.
The investigation is continuing and additional arrests are possible.
Arrested and Charges:
- Gabriel Calvin Simmons, 24, Evansville, IN
- Resisting Law Enforcement with a Vehicle, Level 6 Felony
- Theft, Level 6 Felony
Arresting Officer: Senior Trooper Matt Lockridge
Assisting Officers: Master Trooper Randy Huddleston, Trooper Lucas Zeien and Trooper Justin Bean
Assisting Agency: Warrick County Sheriff’s Department