Indiana Conservation Officers arrested two men Tuesday evening, Dec. 4, and another was arrested on Dec. 5 following an incident that occurred in southeastern Sullivan County on the Tuesday evening.
Christopher R. Roark, 21, of Sandborn, Wendell D. Stewart, 22, of Sandborn and Damond W. Roark, Jr., 19, of Bicknell were arrested for allegedly stealing an off-road vehicle.
Indiana Conservation Officers, while patrolling at Black Beauty's Bear Run coal mine near Pleasantville, spotted a vehicle parked in a remote area off of County Road 900 East, south of Pleasantville. While investigating the suspicious vehicle, which was unoccupied at the time, officers observed an off-road vehicle (ORV) occupied by three men return to the vehicle. When officers attempted to stop and detain the men for trespassing, they immediately fled the scene in both vehicles.
Officers pursued the vehicle for a short time into the Goose Pond Fish & Wildlife Area, until the officers decided the pursuit became unsafe and the pursuit was terminated.
Later this same evening, a nearby landowner reported a suspicious vehicle near the last known location of the suspect vehicle. Indiana Conservation Officers, with the assistance of the Greene County Sheriff's Department, the Sullivan County Sheriff's Department, the Indiana State Police and the Linton Police Department responded to the complaint and located the suspect vehicle, a 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier, occupied by two males.
The two males were later identified as Christopher R. Roark and Wendell Stewart. Both men were arrested and transported to the Sullivan County Jail. Damond W. Roark Jr., the third suspect in the incident, was found the following day and also arrested.
ICOs located the suspect's ORV the following morning (Dec. 5) in a field near the Greene/Sullivan county line. Officers learned the ORV had recently been stolen from a storage barn located south of Pleasantville.
The three suspects face the following criminal charges in Sullivan County.
Christopher R. Roark: Resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, a class D felony; theft/receiving stolen property, a class D felony; criminal recklessness, a class A misdemeanor; and reckless driving, a class B misdemeanor.
Wendell Dale Stewart: Resisting law enforcement, a class A misdemeanor; and theft/receiving stolen property, a class D felony.
Damond W. Roark Jr.: Resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, a class D felony; and theft/receiving stolen property, a class D felony.
Additional charges will likely be filed in Greene County.