Quincy Woman Leads Police Along A Two State Chase On I69
By: Beth Swary - Monday, March 18, 2024

Brienne Lee Bicknell

ANGOLA - A Quincy woman led authorities on a chase across two states on Interstate 69 on Friday evening.

The Steuben County Sheriff's Office stated just before 6 p.m. their deputies responded to the area of I-69 and the Indiana and Michigan state line for a request for assistance from the Branch County Sheriff's Office in Michigan.

The Branch County Sheriff's deputies were pursuing a fleeing vehicle believed to be occupied by two wanted subjects and a child southbound on I-69 approaching Indiana.

Steuben County Sheriff's Deputies arrived they deployed stop sticks in an attempt to deescalate the vehicle pursuit and bring it to a safe conclusion.

As the fleeing brown Chevy Astro minivan entered Steuben County, the vehicle successfully struck the stop sticks causing both passenger side tires to deflate.

The successful stop stick deployment deescalated the pursuit from nearly 100 mph in Michigan down to 40 mph.

The fleeing suspects still continued at the low rate of speed southbound on I-69 on the remaining two tires.

Several additional attempts were made to deploy stop sticks as the suspects continued on I-69 but were unsuccessful in deflating the driver side tires.

The driver of the minivan attempted a U-turn in the median crossover near the 347 mile marker but began to lose control of the vehicle and stopped in the median.

Sheriff's deputies along with Angola City Police and Indiana State Police were able to take both adult occupants into custody without further incident.

The driver was identified as Brienne Lee Bicknell, 37, of Quincy, Michigan.

During a subsequent search incident to arrest, some suspected drug related items were allegedly found in Bicknell's possession.

Bicknell was also found to be wanted out of Branch County, Michigan for an alleged drug offense.

The male passenger was also found to have arrest warrants out of Michigan but they were non-extraditable from the state of Indiana.

A female child belonging to Bicknell was located inside the vehicle and appeared to be unharmed.

The child was transported to Cameron Hospital by Steuben County EMS as a precaution and was later turned over to the care and custody of the Indiana Department of Child Services.

Bicknell was booked into the Steuben County Jail by Angola Police on the following preliminary charges of Resisting Law Enforcement with a Vehicle a level 6 felony, Neglect of a Dependent a level 6 felony, Possession of a Schedule I, II, III, or IV Controlled Substance all Class A Misdemeanors,
Possession of Hypodermic Syringe or Needle a level 6 felony, Possession of Marijuana a Class B Misdemeanor, Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated a Class A Misdemeanor, Reckless Driving a Class C Misdemeanor and a Fugitive Warrant out of Michigan.

The male passenger was released at the scene by the Angola City Police.

The incident still remains under investigation by Angola Police and The Branch County Sheriff's Office in Michigan. Additional charges may be sought both in Indiana and in the state of Michigan.


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