Vermillion Co., IN. (ECWd) –
June 16, 2015
Vermillion County Indiana Deputies Nick Hall and Dan Whallon responded to I-74 to assist Illinois officers with a vehicle pursuit that was initiated in Belgium Illinois.
A red 1998 Chevy Blazer driven by Bobby Joe Crippin (37) (picture here) of Newman, IL fled police after an attempted traffic stop on Rt 1 in Belgium when he failed to stop for officers. The vehicle pursuit then turned eastbound on I-74 crossing into Indiana. Speeds were in excess of 90 mph with Illinois officers still in pursuit. Crippin then swerved to attempt to hit a officer at the 3 mile marker before crossing the median at the 5.5 mile marker in an attempt to allude officers. Crippin then side swiped a westbound semi, driven by David Estep of Kenova Wayne, WV causing minor damage to the semi. The Blazer then spun out coming to rest facing eastbound in the westbound lanes of the Wabash River Bridge.
Crippin and his passenger, Chelsea L Bollman (21) (picture here) of Urbana, IL both fled on foot before being apprehended by Illinois authorities.
Crippin was taken to Union Hospital Clinton for treatment of minor injuries. Bollman declined treatment.
Crippin and Bollman were both booked into the Vermillion County Jail on local charges from the incident.
Bobby Joe Crippin: Resisting Law Enforcement (Vehicle), Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Accident, Reckless Driving, and Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated (Drugs).
Chelsea L Bolman: Resisting Law Enforcement.
Vermillion Circuit Court Judge has set bond at $25k cash each.
Further charges may be pending on both upon the completion of the investigation.
Assisting at the scene, Vermillion County Drug Task Force,Fountain County Sheriff’s Office, Covington Police Department, Perrysville Fire Department, Vermillion County EMS, and Several Illinois Law Enforcement Agencies.
*Under the Law, criminal charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.