Pair arrested after fleeing from trooper in stolen vehicle

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Twenty-five-year-old Lee Bemis and Kristna Gruner, 27, were arrested and charged Saturday after they led a Indiana State Trooper on a short chase in a stolen pickup truck.

It started just before 4 p.m. when Vigo County Central Dispatch reported a stolen pickup possibly southbound on State Road 63 from Vermillion County.

A few minutes later Indiana State Police Senior Trooper Jsaon Schoffstall spotted the stolen truck southbound on State Road 63 crossing the Wabash River. 

Trooper Schoffstall attempted to stop the truck on 3rd Street and 8th Avenue in Terre Haute. The truck turned onto 8th Avenue and continued westbound to 1st Street.  At 1st Street the truck continued westbound crashing through the fence of a nearby business and traveling through a wooded area near the Wabash River.

Additional officers from Indiana State University, Terre Haute Police Department and the Vigo County Sheriff's Office arrived on the scene to assist.

Officers found the truck abandoned and after nearly a 45 minute search of the wooded area on foot, found the suspects lying in the snow near the Wabash River.

Further investigation found the pair had allegedly driven a stolen van from Terre Haute to a business near State Road 63 and State Road 163 in Clinton (Vermillion County). The pair allegedly found the 2002 Chevrolet 2500 pickup running and unoccupied, then made their way southbound on State Road 63.