NORTH VERNON, Ind. – The North Vernon Police Department responded early Saturday morning to the Casey’s General Store on U.S. 50 and State Road 7, in North Vernon, concerning a stolen vehicle. The officers learned that the victim’s boyfriend allegedly had stolen her car while she was in the store. The victim told police that the suspect also threatened to kill her before she went into the store.
Officers located the vehicle on U.S. 50 and attempted to pull it over, but they say the driver didn’t stop despite the patrol car having its lights and siren on. The vehicle pursuit ended when the suspect, Dustin Gifford, 27, of Butlerville, eventually stopped the vehicle at his brother’s residence on County Road 550E. Law enforcement says that Gifford, and his brother Denver, both fled on foot out of the back door of the house. Along with the help of a police canine, and the fact that there was snow on the ground, officers were easily able to track both would-be fugitives. Police say they found a cooler near Denver Gifford which allegedly contained almost two grams of methamphetamine.
Dustin Gifford was arrested for auto theft, resisting law enforcement, intimidation, criminal confinement, and a previous warrant. Denver Gifford was taken into custody and charged with possession of methamphetamine and a previous warrant.
The stolen car was recovered and returned to its owner.