Akron man arrested in Hancock County pursuit, wanted on multiple warrants

A pursuit began when an Indiana State trooper attempted to stop a Cadillac Escalade truck on Interstate 70 near the 114-mile marker for an equipment violation.

When the trooper initiated a traffic stop, the driver accelerated and a pursuit ensued.

The pursuit started in Henry County and continued along I-70 into Hancock County. At that time, a Hancock County deputy was able to get ahead of the fleeing vehicle and attempted to deploy stop sticks. Despite the success of the stop sticks in deflating both passenger-side tires, the driver continued to flee. Eventually, both its passenger side tires came off, and the driver continued driving on the rims.

Several Pendleton and Indianapolis troopers assisted in the pursuit as it continued west on I-70. At the 87.7 mm westbound the truck lost its axles and became immobilized. The male driver, identified as Robert Workman, 51, of Akron, barricaded himself in the vehicle for a short time before he fled on foot. Police de-escalated the situation by utilizing both a Pepper ball gun and a Taser deployment and took Workman into custody without further incident.

A female passenger,  Jennifer Workman, 48, of Indianapolis, complied with verbal commands given by police. Police took her into custody without further incident.

Upon searching the vehicle, troopers located methamphetamine and other drug paraphernalia. Further investigation determined that Workman had three active warrants in three separate counties.

Police transported Robert Workman to Eskenazi Hospital in Indianapolis.

Charges include:

Robert Workman 

• Resisting Law Enforcement with a Vehicle - Level 5 Felony.

• Possession of Methamphetamine e- Level 6 Felony.

• Resisting Law Enforcement - Class A Misdemeanor.

• Driving while Suspended Prior - Class A Misdemeanor.

• Criminal Recklessness - Class B Misdemeanor.

• Reckless Driving - Class C Misdemeanor.

• Possession of Paraphernalia-C Class C Misdemeanor.


Jennifer Workman 

• Possession of Methamphetamine - Level 6 Felony.

• Possession of Paraphernalia - Class C Misdemeanor.


Assisting in the incident were Pendleton troopers, several troopers from the ISP Indianapolis District, the Hancock County Sheriff's Department, Affordable Towing, and the Indianapolis Fire Department.