Flat Tire Leads To Arrest Of Missouri Pair

On Tuesday evening, July 3, about 6:30 p.m. Indiana State Police Trooper Matt Holley saw a gray 2007 Ford Mustang at the bottom of the ramp on the northbound side of Exit 41 (Uniontown Exit) on I-65. At the top of the ramp he saw a male and female, later identified as 24-year-old Spencer David Rehm of St. Joseph, MO and 24-year-old Whitney Nicole Koontz of Smithville, MO who indicated the Mustang was their vehicle.

They told Tpr. Holley they needed a tire iron to change the tire.  Tpr. Holley offered his assistance tochange the tire change.

A short time later Holley learned the vehicle had been reported stolen from Missouri.

He then placed Rehm under arrest and handcuffed him.  Before the police officer was able to secure Rehm in his vehicle, Rehm managed to get free of the handcuffs and fled on foot.

Holley fired his Taser but missed Rehm as he ran.

Holley then took Koontz into custody and called for assistance.  ISP Troopers and Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputies searched the area until approximately 10 p.m. when the search was called off due to darkness.

But around 11:23 p.m. Jackson County Deputy Ben Rudolph located Rehm on S.R. 250 east of Uniontown and took him into custody without incident.

Rehm is now facing charges of receiving stolen property, resisting law enforcement, and escape.  Koontz is charged with receiving stolen property.