Evansville Man Arrested after Getting Stuck in Chimney While Trying to Escape Officers

The Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office says a wanted Evansville man is now in custody after becoming stuck in a chimney while trying to escape from law enforcement.

Posted: Aug 7, 2020 12:01 PM
Updated: Aug 7, 2020 12:54 PM

On Thursday, Aug 6, multiple law enforcement agencies went to a residence in the 800 block of E. Riverside Dr in order to attempt arrest warrant service on 29-year-old Cody Methanial Sargent, of Evansville, Indiana.

According to the Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office, Sargent was hiding in the home trying to avoid capture, when he tried to escape by climbing up the fireplace chimney.

Sargent then became stuck in the chimney and was unable to free himself.

Task Force members requested assistance from the Evansville Fire Department, who partially dismantled the chimney and rescued Sargent.

Sargent was transported to an area hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries and later booked into the Vanderburgh County Jail, where he remains without bond.

VCSO says Sargent was wanted for violating the terms of his probation, which stemmed from a criminal conviction on charges of Dealing Narcotics, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Possession of Paraphernalia.

Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office deputies, Evansville Police Department officers, and an Indiana State Police trooper assigned to the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force were all present when the arrest warrant service was attempted.

All suspects are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

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