Burglary suspect leads police on multi-county chase
Sheriff Dan McClain
The wreckage of the car Terry Kinworthy was driving.
SCOTT COUNTY, IN (WAVE) - A man suspected for several home break-ins in three counties is in the hospital after police say he crashed his car during a high-speed chase.
The chase started at a gas station at the Jackson County - Scott County line Thursday night and ended in Jennings County. Police say the driver was Terry Kinworthy.
Law enforcement in all three counties say Kinworthy was wanted for breaking into homes, stealing guns, then selling them on the street. He's suspected in seven total burglaries and police say he was also driving around in a stolen Toyota Corolla.
"We got information he was coming into our county (Thursday) night in this vehicle. Our deputies, along with Austin Police Department, set up on North 31 expecting him to come through there. He did," said Scott County Sheriff Dan McClain.
McClain said Kinworthy and his passenger turned into a gas station, but before officers could get to him, Kinworthy took off south on 31 then turned east on Booe Road in Austin before heading north on Bogardus in Jennings County. That's where he went off the road, hitting a tree and landed in a ravine.
Kinworthy was trapped inside his car when police arrived, but his passenger was able to get out and find help at Jenny Otte's home nearby.
"I was headed into the house after my husband," said Otte. "The woman came towards me to say help me. Help me."
She went back into the home to call 911. The woman told Otte they had driven 100 miles per hour and she asked to get out, but Kinworthy wouldn't let her. Otte said the woman was scared.
"Her voice was trembling," said Otte. "She was shaking. She had a big goose egg and gash on her head."
Sheriff McClain said the woman was cleared of any wrongdoing. Hearing what Kinworthy is accused of doing has Otte questioning her own safety after Thursday night.
"My husband and I had this talk probably three months ago. Probably it's time to purchase a gun. We've never been gun owners."
Police said Kinworthy had meth and marijuana on him as well as one stolen gun in the car. They are now trying to track down the other guns they believe Kinworthy stole.
Kinworthy is facing numerous charges from the chase, but more are expected. McClain says they also believe he was working with an accomplice during the burglaries, but aren't releasing the name of other suspects. They are looking into whether Kinworthy is connected to break-ins in other counties.
At last check, Kinworthy was in critical condition at UofL hospital.
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