Two Huntingburg Men Arrested Near Evansville with Stolen Guns, Marijuana in Vehicle

The Two Were Arrested Last Month After High-Speed Chase In Huntingburg

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Evansville (WEHT/NNDC) – Two men were arrested Sunday after an Indiana State Trooper says he stopped a vehicle for speeding along I-69 and allegedly found guns and marijuana.

Authorities say Ricardo Herrera Jr. (pictured on left) was a passenger in a vehicle being driven by Adolfo Hernandez (pictured on right), both men are from Huntingburg.

According to ISP, the vehicle was traveling around 87 mph in a 70-mph zone on Interstate 69 in Vanderburgh County near the 20-mile marker Sunday morning.

With the help of a K9, authorities say they found over 30 grams of marijuana.

Also in the vehicle, they found three rifles which were all reported stolen:

  • Ruger 10/22 rifle
  • Marlin 44 rifle
  • Ruger 44 rifle

The following seven other rifles were also found in the trunk of the vehicle, according to authorities:

  • Marlin .22 long rifle
  • Harrington Richardson 16 gauge single shot shotgun
  • Remington .22
  • Rossi .410 single barrel
  • Marlin model 75
  • New England Firearms 20 gauge single shot
  • Remington 870 shot gun, 28 gauge
  • Ruger AR rifle with two fully loaded magazines of ammunition

Both Herrera and Hernandez were transported to the Vanderburgh County Jail and booked on three counts of receiving stolen property and a charge of marijuana possession.

Last month, the two men men were arrested after a high-speed pursuit with local police that ended with officers stopping the car the men were with spike strips.

HPD says officers on patrol clocked the driven by Herrera in the 1200 block of N. Van Buren traveling 64 miles an hour. The posted speed limit on city streets is 25.

But police say Herrera began to flee after police attempted to pull over the car on Van Buren.

Herrera continued to drive north on Van Buren, then onto U. S. 231 where the pursuit continued north.

About halfway between Huntingburg and Jasper, Herrera lost control of the car causing it to spin 180 almost striking an Indiana State trooper car that had joined in the pursuit.

HPD says the Herrera vehicle continued south on U. S. 231 back toward Huntingburg. An HPD officer was able to deploy spike strips at the intersection with Phoenix Drive. The car ran over the strip which deflated three of its four tires.

Police say Herrera continued to drive south before the car’s fourth tire blew causing the car off the highway and into the front landscaping of the Spudz-N-Stuff restaurant at the intersection with 12th Street.

Police say Herrera got out of the car and began to flee on foot, but was quickly taken into custody. HPD says, Hernandez, a passenger in the car, initially refused officers’ command to stop, but later complied.

Police say Hernandez had two glass smoking pipes in his possession.

HPD has charged Herrera with Resisting Law Enforcement with a Vehicle, Resisting Law Enforcement (on foot), Criminal Confinement, Reckless Driving and Driving a Vehicle Having Never Been Licensed.

Hernandez has been charged with Resisting Law Enforcement and Possession of Paraphernalia.

Meanwhile, HPD says two other passengers in the car complied with police at the scene and were later released after questioning.

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