Burglary Suspect Faces New Charges For High Speed Chase
By Mike Perleberg
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – An accused southeast Indiana serial burglar is being slapped with more charges for his failed attempt to get away from police.
Dakota Fraley, 20, of Dillsboro, and Chad M. Sumler, 24, of Versailles, were arrested last May after allegedly leading police in Dearborn and Franklin counties on a high speed chase in which Fraley nearly struck an officer. The action prompted officers to fire their weapons at the pickup truck Fraley was driving as he fled.
The pursuit – it at times allegedly reached speeds faster than 100 MPH – had began when detectives witnessed Fraley commit a burglary on Walters Road near Sunman. Fraley and his girlfriend, Michelle N. Hensley, are accused of burglarizing multiple homes in Dearborn and Ripley counties between March and May.
Prosecutors filed nine counts of Burglary (Class B felony) and five counts of Conspiracy to Commit Burglary (Class B felony) against Fraley soon after his arrest.
On Wednesday, Dearborn County Prosecutor Aaron Negangard announced that he has reviewed the evidence presented by Indiana State Police Trooper Brent Miller regarding the actions of Fraley on the day of his arrest – or the high speed pursuit in particular. New charges of Battery with a Deadly Weapon (Class C felony) and Resisting Law Enforcement (Class D felony) have been filed against Fraley.
“The Indiana State Police, the Ripley County Sheriff’s Department and the Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department should be commended for their actions in apprehending this dangerous criminal who threatened the lives of law enforcement and the community,” Negangard said in a statement.
Fraley remains held in the Dearborn County Law Enforcement Center awaiting trial, according to jail records.
Wednesday’s charges are not the only new accusations Fraley has had filed against him since his arrest. For his alleged role in the beating of a fellow jail inmate in July, Fraley was charged with Conspiracy to Commit Criminal Confinement Resulting in Bodily Injury (Level 5 felony), Criminal Confinement Resulting in Bodily Injury (Level 5 felony), Conspiracy to Commit Battery Resulting in Moderate Bodily Injury (Level 6 felony), and Battery Resulting in Moderate Bodily Injury (Level 6 felony).
Sumler is also still held on charges of Conspiracy to Commit Burglary, Attempted Theft, and Theft. According to court records filed by investigators, although he was with Fraley the day of the chase, Sumler is not believed to have participated in any of the other home burglaries with Fraley.