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Miami Co. pursuit ends with two arrests

On Wednesday night a vehicle pursuit led to the arrests of Donna Cassidy, 49, of Upland, and Brandon Dail, 49, of Marion. Both were incarcerated in the Miami County Jail. Cassidy faces a criminal charge for resisting law enforcement. She also had two active arrest warrants issued from Grant County, for theft and unlawful possession of a syringe. Dail faces criminal charges for possession of a stolen vehicle, two charges for resisting law enforcement, resisting law enforcement causing a risk of serious bodily injury to law enforcement, invasion of privacy, reckless driving, aggressive driving, possession of marijuana, three counts for criminal mischief, operating a vehicle without ever having received a driver’s license. He also had an active Grant County arrest warrant for failure to pay child support and multiple warrants from Huntington County, IN, for burglary, theft, and criminal mischief.  


About 8:45 pm, Indiana State Police Trooper Andrew Baldwin initiated a traffic stop on a 2000 Chevrolet pickup truck on North Broadway near U.S. 24 for having a false and fictitious license plate. The driver of the Chevrolet, later identified as Dail, failed to stop, and led Baldwin on a vehicle pursuit. The chase ended when the Chevrolet crashed into a road-closed sign-on Miami County Road 500 North near Meridian Road.


Cassidy and Dail emerged from the truck and fled on foot. Dail was captured immediately by Miami County Sheriff’s Deputies Adam Kirk and Creighton Howell. Baldwin then utilized his K-9 partner Mack to find Cassidy hiding in tall grass. She was taken into custody by Peru Police Lieutenant Josh Ulery. 


Further investigation revealed that the Chevrolet had been reported as stolen from Grant County. Also, Dail was allegedly driving without having ever received an operator’s license. He was also found to allegedly be in violation of an active protection order between him and Cassidy. When Dail was being booked into the Miami County Jail, officers purportedly found marijuana on his person. 


Baldwin was assisted by Peru Police Lt. Josh Ulery, ISP Sergeant Andrew Smith, Trooper Kegan Kern, Trooper Duke Lavache, Miami County Sheriff’s Deputy Adam Kirk, Miami County Sheriff’s Deputy Alex Wolfe, Miami County Sheriff’s Deputy Creighton Howell, Peru Police Officer Dillion Mongosa, and Miami County Sheriff’s Reserve Deputy Jeremy Auginbaugh.