Pursuit ends in single vehicle crash in a ravine

Last Updated on May 29, 2023 by Cass County Sheriff’s Department

On Saturday, May 27, 2023, at approximately 12:09 AM, Cass County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Leoudy Ventura attempted to stop a speeding pick up truck in Logansport, IN, near 26th Street and High Street. The driver temporarily stopped the vehicle in the 3900 block of High Street. The male driver drove away from the traffic stop as Deputy Ventura was speaking with him.

The driver sped away at a high rate of speed eastbound on High Street to County Road 450 East where he continued fleeing northbound. The driver struck mailboxes and a Logansport Utilities water meter structure on High Street when he drove off the roadway while attempting to evade Deputy Ventura.

The driver continued north to County Road 275 North where he traveled off the roadway and through a planted farm field and residential yard. Ultimately, the driver began travelling southbound on County Road 450 East where he struck Logansport Police Stop Sticks at County Road 200 North. The male driver continued south bound with deflated tires where he again travelled off the roadway near Brian’s Way. He drove off the westside of the roadway and struck a ravine embankment where the truck became disabled. An ambulance was requested for the driver for injuries sustained in crash.

Upon medical clearance from Logansport Memorial Hospital, the driver, 32-year-old Jeffrey Wolfe of rural Logansport, was incarcerated at the Cass County Jail with the following charges:

Resisting law enforcement with a motor vehicle (Level 6 Felony)
Unauthorized control of a motor vehicle (Level 6 Felony)
Criminal mischief (Level 6 Felony)
Operating while intoxicated endangering (A-Misdemeanor)
Resisting law enforcement (A-Misdemeanor)
Leaving the scene of an accident X2 (B-Misdemeanor)
Reckless Driving (C-Misdemeanor)
Operating while intoxicated (C-Misdemeanor)

Further investigation found Mr. Wolfe was storing the truck for a friend and was not authorized to be driving the vehicle. This incident is still under investigation by the Cass County Sheriff’s Office. The pursuit lasted approximately sixteen minutes and reached speeds near 80 MPH. Two Logansport Police Department vehicles were damaged during this incident.

Other Agencies assisting with the pursuit were the Logansport Police Department, Indiana State Police and Cass County Emergency Medical Service. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

SOURCE: News release from Cass County Sheriff’s Department