May 15, 2013

Monticello man leads police on pursuit Monday night

Bradley Ayers arrested after fleeing in truck, on foot.

by Caitlin Huston

MONTICELLO — A 23-year-old Monticello man was arrested Monday night after fleeing from police in his truck and on foot.

Bradley Ayers was arrested after leading police on a chase starting on U.S. 24 in Monticello and later leaving his vehicle and hiding under a bridge. Ayers was pursued by the police dog and later incarcerated at the White County Jail.

Ayers was arrested on three outstanding warrants from White, Knox and Montgomery County and charges of resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, a class D felony, operating a vehicle while intoxicated with a prior conviction within five years, a class D felony and driving while suspended, a class A misdemeanor.

Trooper Tyler Bentlage of the Indiana State Police started trying to pull over a red 1998 Ford Ranger pickup truck at 10:30 p.m. Monday on U.S. 24 on the east side of Washington Bridge. The truck was going over the speed limit of 25 miles per hour, the release states.

Sgt. Kim Riley, public information officer for the Indiana State Police Lafayette post, said Bentlage was following the truck, with his lights activated, for about five minutes. The truck then started driving “erratically” and stopped in a field after “failing to negotiate a turn,” according to the press release.

The suspect then ran out of his truck. Trooper Jerrad Foutch and Monticello Police K-9 Officer Chuck Morehead with K-9 Marco followed the suspect for about 45 minutes and then found him under a bridge, Riley said.

When the suspect did not come out in response to verbal commands, Marco approached and bit him. Ayers was taken to and released from the hospital before he was incarcerated, the release states.

The Carroll County Sheriff’s Department and Monticello Fire Department assisted in the pursuit.

Ayers remains in the White County Jail on a $3,000 cash or surety bond and a $500 cash bond.

Caitlin Huston is a staff reporter of the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5148 or


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