Last night at 8:12 p.m. Lawrence County Dispatch advised the Bridgeport Police Department along with the Sumner Police Department were in pursuit of a 2000 white GMC Sonoma south bound on the Bridgeport blacktop entering Wabash County.
It was reported that the suspect vehicle had thrown out a mobile meth lab in Lawrence County as authorities attempted a traffic stop. The Wabash County Deputy was staged at E 1200 Rd. (Bridgeport Blacktop) and Highway 11, in an attempt to deploy stop sticks. The stop sticks were deployed successfully and the suspect vehicle turned east bound onto Highway 11 and then south bound on a gated lease road with a flat rear passenger tire. The pipe gate was secured at the time and the suspect drove through it. The suspect vehicle continued south bound on the lease but struck a tree and came to rest. The driver fled the vehicle on foot into a wooded area. The Sheriff's Office requested assistance from the MCPD K-9 unit, but the suspect was taken into custody prior to their arrival.
Taken into custody and transferred to the Bridgeport Police Department was Anthony Waide Skipworth , 24 of Monroe City, Indiana. Skipworth is facing a list of charges in Lawrence County,has an active Knox County, IN warrant with possible charges in Wabash County.
Sheriff Derek Morgan, "All four departments worked a textbook pursuit and it was ended before the public was put at risk. Without the use of stop sticks it is hard to determine where this pursuit would have gone and where it would have ended. I want to commend the Bridgeport, Sumner, Mt. Carmel, Police departments and Deputy Bogard on their quick thinking, actions of bravery and willingness to work together to end this pursuit. "