Jason D. Settle, 112 B St., Thorntown, had bragged to friends that the Lebanon Police Department would “never” catch him, police said Friday, Nov. 26.
Less than an hour after a probation violation warrant for Settle had been broadcast to local police officers Friday afternoon, Settle, 33, was in the back of a Lebanon Police squad car, following a four-block foot pursuit through a Pearl Street neighborhood.
Officer Jason Morgan said he spotted Settle, who had violated probation multiple times on a burglary conviction, near the Village Pantry on West South Street. Settle realized he had been recognized and ran.
Morgan caught Settle behind a home in the 500 block of West Pearl Street at about 2:15 p.m. LPD Lt. Brent Wheat and Officer Keith Kneher were also closing in on Settle.
As the handcuffed Settle was being led to a police car, a young woman called, “I love you, babe.”
After Settle had been placed in the squad car, LPD Capt. Tyson Warmoth said that persons had told police Settle had bragged they would “never” catch him.
Kneher said police would also charged Settle with resisting law enforcement.
It is at least the fifth time Settle has been arrested for probation violation in the same case, according to court records.
In exchange for the state dropping a burglary charge, and the charge in another case, Settle admitted on Dec. 12, 2008, to residential entry as a class D felony, which has a maximum sentence of three years in jail. He was sentenced to probation and ordered to pay restitution.
The Boone County Probation Department filed motions to revoke or modify Settle’s probation terms on Sept. 15, 2009 and Jan. 1, 2010; on Jan. 26, he was sentenced to 87 days in jail. On July 21, another probation modifcation/revocation motion was filed. Settle was arrested on Aug. 6. On Sept. 28 he admitted to the violation; the court found he had served 54 actual days in jail and earned another 54 days good time credit. He was released and referred to the probation department, with the stipulation he apply to half-way houses within 30 days.
Another probation violation charge was filed against Settle on Nov. 18.