GreeneStreets. Feature photo of a back country road in Greene County, Indiana. Courtesy of Nick Schneider.

Bloomfield man facing charges after leading Jasonville officer on a foot chase

Wyatt Campbell

Wyatt Campbell

A man who led an officer on a foot chase on the railroad tracks headed out of Jasonville to the county line, then down a slope, alongside railroad cars and through a woods, finally stopped and surrendered in a bean field.

Wyatt R. Campbell, 22, of Bloomfield was arrested on Saturday, July 14, after Greene County Sheriff’s Dispatch received a report of suspicious activity from a Jasonville resident. The caller said a man with shaggy hair wearing a brown shirt and blue jeans appeared to be “messed up” and was vomiting in the middle of Park Street in Jasonville.

Jasonville Police Officer Dustin Cain responded but he didn’t see anyone walking on Park Street. He did see a person, wearing clothing that fit the description, walking on the railroad tracks going north out of town.

Officer Cain parked his patrol vehicle and started walking the tracks toward the man, who was later identified to be Campbell. Cain said when he yelled at the man several times, the man would turn around, look briefly at the officer, wave his arms then keep walking.

Cain reported that just inside the Clay County line, Campbell stopped at an intersection in the tracks where several empty coal cars were sitting, turned around, stared at the officer then took his shirt off. Then as Officer Cain got closer, Campbell waved his arms and took off down a gravel slope then turned and ran north along the side of the coal cars.

Officer Cain followed and was running too. He said he was shouting “Stop” and “Police” before the man turned and ran east down a hill then into a wooded area.

In the woods, Cain said he could hear the man asking, “Who are you?” Cain continued to shout “Police.”

When Cain got through the woods and reached the edge, he said he saw the man standing in the middle of a bean field.

At that point, the officer drew his Taser and ordered Campbell to get his hands in the air. Campbell complied, was handcuffed and taken into custody.

According to Cain’s report, Campbell later said he didn’t think Cain was an officer because he was wearing a short-sleeved shirt instead of a long-sleeved shirt. He also said he didn’t know he was not allowed on railroad property.

Campbell was first transported to Greene County General Hospital for a medical clearance before he was transported to jail where his bond was set at $1,000 surety with ten percent allowed.

A criminal case has been filed against Campbell to charge him with criminal trespassing, a Class A misdemeanor, and resisting law enforcement, a Class A misdemeanor.