SOURCE: News release from Cass County Sheriff’s Department
On Saturday, November 7, 2020, at approximately 2:10 a.m., Cass County Deputy Joe Gentile was in the area of US 24 and US 35 searching for a Dodge Charger that had been just stolen in White County. The driver of the stolen Charger was last seen driving eastbound on US 24 and had been reportedly involved in a physical altercation in White County. Deputy Gentile located the vehicle and attempted to conduct a traffic stop at Kiesling Road and Market Street on the far west side of Logansport. The male driver of the Charger yielded to Deputy Gentile but sped away from the scene at a high rate of speed as Deputy Gentile approached the Charger on foot for the traffic stop. Deputy Gentile as well as other officers from the Cass County Sheriff’s Office and Logansport Police Department joined the chase of the stolen vehicle. The pursuit continued eastbound on Market Street and then north bound on Mall Road to westbound High Street. The driver of the stolen Charger continued westbound on High Street until he struck a construction fence at Fourth Street and High Street. After striking the fence, the suspect vehicle turned south in the construction site and struck construction materials that were staged for the Cass County Jail addition. The pursuit lasted approximately six minutes and reached speeds near 100 MPH.
The driver and passenger in the stolen vehicle were taken into custody by responding officers without incident. The driver, 22-year-old Billy Ridgway III of Logansport, IN, was incarcerated at the Cass County Jail for Driving While Suspended-Prior, Reckless Driving Causing Property Damage, Operating A Vehicle While Intoxicated (refusal) and Resisting Law Enforcement with a Motor Vehicle. The White County Sheriff’s Office will be pursuing charges on the stolen vehicle.
The passenger, 21-year-old Marcelino Moreno of Logansport, IN, was transported to the White County Jail for his involvement with the stolen vehicle. No criminal charges were filed in Cass County.
All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.