Dodge Driver Wanted For A Felony Tried To Race Undercover Police Car

A man in Indiana has been arrested after trying to race an unmarked LaPort County Sheriff’s Office vehicle.

Speaking to Action News Jax, local Deputy Jim Fish said he saw a black Dodge Charger pull up behind him before aggressively speeding past and cutting in between traffic at speeds of over 70 mph (112 km/h).

Shortly after witnessing the man’s dangerous driving, Fish turned on the emergency lights of his unmarked patrol car and started chasing the Charger.

The man, 40-year-old Eugene Thome, briefly evaded police but was taken into custody after attempting to flee on foot in a yard.

Unfortunately for Thome, police on the scene soon found out that he was already wanted on a felony warrant and is a habitual traffic violator.

After his arrest, Thome admitted to police that he was trying to race the car before realizing that it was a law enforcement vehicle. He was charged with two counts of resisting law enforcement, alongside other charges.

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  • Indiana Wants Me…

    It’s ‘Merica…what else would you expect?

    • javier

      amazing what a few inbred generations and some good old midwest industrial pulutants can do to a population

  • Navy P. Morroccan ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    How dumb can a convict be?

    • brn

      You’d be surprised. An intelligent person with a warrant would drive carefully. Most people with warrants aren’t intelligent.

  • ToniCipriani ✓pǝᴉɟᴉɹǝʌ

    I’m more interested what the officer’s car was to make him *want* to start a race.

    If it was a CVPI or Caprice… you’re a moron, even if it wasn’t marked, it’s a cop.
    If it was a Charger, maybe, but then undercover units look like Enterprise rentals, so again… why?
    If it was an Explorer or Tahoe… why do you want to race a soccer mom?

    • Bill Nguyen

      Maybe it was like one of those highway cop cars? Like a Corvette? But those are usually marked right…

    • Jay

      It was most likely a Charger or Taurus. Those are the only things that would make sense here. Still very dumb move as undercover cars can be spotted fairly easily with their Aux lighting and/or extra antennas, no fog lights etc..

      • ToniCipriani ✓pǝᴉɟᴉɹǝʌ

        Well even a Taurus looks like a rental car / taxi as well. I don’t think I recall seeing one without barcodes on the quarter window, or is a marked car. Point being it’s not like those people would want to race.

    • JL T0x

      Cincinnati has unmarked Chevy SS & Commodores. Average folk don’t know what those are but many fans do. It’s disappointing to catch-up with one in traffic only to see a cop driving. And a stripped down law enforcement-std interior is an early give-away too.

      But I think Indiana hwy state troopers’ unmarked cars look every bit like regular cars – w/o any exterior police markings, no roof-mtd lights, state issued plates. No way to tell at night.

      • ToniCipriani ✓pǝᴉɟᴉɹǝʌ

        You sure it’s the short wheelbase SS and not a Caprice? I mean from a distance a Caprice looks like a W-Body Impala, and those are known to have police variants too.

  • Adam

    I thought that was a little harsh until I read the rest of the things he did

  • LWOAP

    Only thing I want to know is why he thought that was a good idea.

  • jonsnow

    Nice kia stinger from the rear… oh, wait…

  • ediotsavant

    Idiot should have just stop when he realized he was racing a cop.

  • Craig

    I would be the ‘best little citizen’ if being stopped for doing something meant jail time.

  • brn

    From the get go, this isn’t really automotive news. The very least you could have done is use a picture of a black Charger.

  • Blade t

    Sometimes you gotta race….

  • zyphrox

    original piston head in the picture

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