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Driver arrested after hit and run crash, police chase

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Larry G. Taylor
Larry G. Taylor

A New Whiteland man tried to report that someone stole his truck, but police said that he was driving when it hit two vehicles as well as the front wall of a Greenwood restaurant.

Larry G. Taylor, 49, was arrested on three charges of leaving the scene of an accident as well as charges of resisting law enforcement, criminal recklessness and false reporting.

No one was injured and minor damage was caused to the Steak ’n Shake at 247 W. Smith Valley Road, according to a police report. Taylor’s truck crashed into the building near the main entrance but didn’t penetrate the wall. Steak ‘n Shake was open Thursday.

Greenwood Police said Taylor’s truck hit two vehicles near the intersection of Smith Valley Road and U.S. 31 about 9 p.m. Wednesday before speeding into the restaurant parking lot, according to a police report. The truck struck the wall of the building, backed up and drove through the parking lot with a flat tire before heading south on U.S. 31, a witness told police. Officers later found cuts in the pavement where the bare metal wheel had gouged the road.

New Whiteland police tried to stop the truck on U.S. 31, but the vehicle turned onto Parkview Drive and the officer lost sight of it. An officer found the truck in the backyard of Taylor’s house at 325 Hollybrook Drive. A neighbor said she saw Taylor get out of the truck, which was on fire, and ride away on a bicycle, the report said.

Police found Taylor on the front porch of a neighbor’s house and he was on the phone with New Whiteland police to report the truck was stolen, the report said.

Taylor was arrested and taken to the Johnson County jail and held on $7,450 bond.

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