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Indiana man gets stuck in chimney trying to elude police

Police said a man who violated his parole tried to escape from officers by climbing up the chimney and became stuck three-quarters up.

EVANSVILLE, Ind. —  An Evansville man was arrested after being rescued from a chimney where he got stuck trying to hide from police, authorities said.

Officers from the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office, Evansville Police Department and Indiana State Police were searching Thursday for 29-year-old Cody Methanial Sargent to serve a warrant to revoke his probation, the sheriff’s office said.

Deputies said Sargent, who was wanted for violating his probation in drug-related convictions, tried to hide and escape from officers by climbing up a fireplace chimney. But he became stuck about three-quarters of the way up and could not free himself, Evansville Courier & Press reported.

The Evansville Fire Department partially dismantled the chimney and rescued Sargent, the sheriff’s office said. He was treated for non-life-threatening injuries at a hospital before being booked booked into the Vanderburgh County Jail. He’s being held without bond.

Online court records don’t list an attorney who could speak on Sargent’s behalf.

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