Man arrested after Tippecanoe Co. cornfield manhunt

Booking photo shows Carlos Molina. (Photo Provided/Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office)
Booking photo shows Carlos Molina. (Photo Provided/Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office)
The suspect stopped on CR 550 East and and fled into the cornfield. (Photo Provided/ISP)

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Authorities have a Lafayette man in custody after a cornfield manhunt in southern Tippecanoe County Friday morning.

Indiana State Police Master Trooper Aaron McCormick attempted a traffic stop around 10 a.m. near U.S. 52 and County Road 550 South, which is about two miles south of Veterans Memorial Parkway, but the suspect fled.

State police said McCormick, who was in full uniform and driving an unmarked vehicle, was on patrol when a white Chevy pickup truck passed him speeding. When McCormick attempted to stop the pickup, it sped off. The truck turned right onto CR 550 South and continued speeding, then turned north on CR 550 East. The truck eventually came to a stop and the driver took off into a cornfield.

Suspect, Carlos M. Molina, 27, of Lafayette, was arrested in southern Tippecanoe County Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, following a cornfield manhunt. (Photo Provided/ISP)

The Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Office, Lafayette Fire Department and ISP K-9 Trooper Dave Millburg and his K-9 Colt helped state police search the area for the man. After about an hour, ISP said Colt found the suspect lying down in a bean field.

ISP Sgt. Kim Riley told News 18 Carlos Molina, 27, was taken into custody around 11:15 a.m. He was taken to the Tippecanoe County Jail.

Riley also says Molina had an active warrant out for his arrest from Lafayette police.

Molina faces preliminary charges of speeding and resisting law enforcement. State police said other charges are pending.

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