7/10/2018 2:09:00 PM Seals arrested following stand off with police
Palestine Police Chief Jeff Besing, right, places Ronald E. Seals in his patrol vehicle after he was apprehended Friday afternoon by Robinson Police officers at an East Market Street address in Palestine. Seals had eluded Besing following a traffic stop earlier in the day. A search of the east side of Palestine by Besing, Crawford County Sheriff’s deputies and Robinson Police and K-9 unit led to Seals’ arrest. Seals in being held without bond on an out of state warrant from Knox County Ind., for violation of probation. In Crawford County he is being charged with aggravated fleeing or attempting to elude, resisting a peace officer, speeding over 35 mph or more, disobeyed stop sign, reckless driving, leaving scene of accident and property damage. (Tom Compton photo)
The search for a suspect who fled from a traffic stop resulted in an arrest at a Palestine residence on Friday.
According to Palestine Police Chief Jeff Besing, about 9:45 a.m. he pulled over a 1997 White Dodge truck near Palestine High School at Main and Franklin Street. Besing said the stop was in reference to a subject wanted out of Knox County, Ind. for felony warrants.
Besing attempted to take the driver of the vehicle, Ronald E. Seals, 62, Palestine, into custody, but Seals would not comply.
Seals refused to get out of the truck and began to drive away. As he drove off, Besing fired and was able to hit Seals with his taser, but he continued to flee the scene. Besing called for backup and began to pursue Seals on a high speed chase, which reached up to 70 mph, through the streets of Palestine.
Officers from the Robinson Police Department and deputies from the Crawford County Sheriff's Office responded to Palestine, where Besing said Seals ditched his truck behind a residence at 519 E. Market.
When the other law enforcement personnel arrived they surrounded the residence, which was identified as Seals'. A stand off began as he refused to exit the house.
A few hours had passed until Robinson K9 Officer Nathaniel Nicklaus and K9 Dex arrived at the scene about 12:30 p.m. Dex was deployed inside the house where he found Seals hiding in a shower. He was taken into custody without further incident.
Despite reports on social media that shots were fired, Besing confirmed to the Daily News that no shots were fired and weapons were not involved during the pursuit and apprehension of Seals.
He was transported to the Crawford County Jail by Besing, where he was charged with the Knox County warrants for felony forgery and theft. He was also charged with speeding (70 mph in a posted 25-mph zone), resisting and obstructing a peace officer, aggravated fleeing and attempting to elude, reckless driving, two counts of disobeying a stop sign and leaving the scene of a property damage accident.
He is being held without bond from the warrants out of Knox County, and is also awaiting bond to be set by a judge for the Palestine charges.
Besing expressed his appreciation to Robinson officers Sgt. Dan Strauch, Detective Sgt. Dave Mullins, Sgt. Clark Myers, Officer Nicklaus and Dex, and Chief Chad Weaver for their manpower and use of their air drone. He also thanked Chief Deputy Doug Slater, Detective Sgt. Eric Leckey, and Deputies Terry Carr and Brent Dotson for responding as well.
The deputies were also dealing with another emergency situation in Hutsonville when the pursuit of Seals began.
"It is such a benefit in our law enforcement community to have such a quick response for back up when help is needed," Besing said.