Man accused of trying to run over ISP Trooper captured

WHITLEY COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) – A man accused of trying to run over an Indiana State Trooper has been captured.

Mug shot of Andrew McClellan courtesy the Noble Co. Sheriff's Dept.
Anthony McClellan (Photo Courtesy: Noble Co. Sheriff’s Dept.)

Several law enforcement agencies spent Tuesday afternoon looking for Anthony Michael McClellan, 23, Churubusco, in the area of State Road 109 and County Road 700 North.

McClellan was accused of committing a battery outside of Albion Tuesday afternoon, according to Indiana State Police spokesperson Sergeant Ron Galaviz.

Galaviz said McClellan left the scene of the alleged crime and an ISP Trooper in an unmarked car later came across a vehicle matching the description of McClellan’s vehicle. Galaviz said the trooper called for backup before attempting to stop the vehicle.

ISP said McClellan turned off State Road 109 onto Lakeshore Drive which was a dead end. The unidentified 15-year-veteran trooper exited his vehicle and McClellan allegedly tried to run him over. Galaviz said the trooper than fired an unknown number of rounds from his gun.

Investigators said McClellan was not struck by bullets and neither man was injured.

McClellan then drove a short distance before exiting the vehicle and fleeing on foot. Police set up a perimeter around the area and used an airplane during the search. Several officers and K-9 units from various departments assisted with the search. Residents were asked to stay indoors as police looked for McClellan.

A nearby daycare at Big Lake Church of God was placed on lockdown for several hours. Parents were eventually able to take their children home around 4 p.m.

The daycare in the area was on lockdown for some time but parents were able to pick up their children shortly after 4 p.m. on Tuesday.

Authorities called off the search Tuesday evening around 6:30 p.m. after nearly four hours.

Around 8:30 p.m., multiple callers to the Noble County and Whitley County Sheriff’s Departments indicated seeing a man matching McClellan’s description near Goss Grocery, according to Noble County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Walker.

Walker said in an email Tuesday night officers also received a call that McClellan was at a home on West Goss Road. A deputy attempted to make contact at the home but the caller stated McClellan was running from the back of the home.

After a short foot pursuit McClellan was apprehended, according to Walker.

McClellan was transported to the Noble County Jail where he is being held without bail. Information on what charges he could possibly face has not been released.

McClellan also has outstanding warrants in Noble County for domestic battery, theft, driving while suspended with priors, and possession of methamphetamine.

The Indiana State Police, Noble County Sheriff’s Department, Whitley County Sheriff’s Department, Columbia City Police Department, Ligonier Police Department, and Indiana Conservation Officers all assisted.

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