Police arrested a man who hid in a pond on the Interactive Academy, 3795 U.S. 421, property to avoid capture early Sunday, Sept. 17. Scottie Broadway, 47, of Westfield, avoided authorities by driving a truck into the pond on the south side of the academy.
According to court documents, Broadway somehow concealed himself in the pond as police set up a perimeter, brought in K9s from Hamilton and Boone counties, and a drone with an infrared camera. After nearly four hours, and no sign of Broadway, police ended their hunt around 6:30 a.m.
Half an hour later, though, an off-duty Boone County Sheriff’s Office Deputy and Zionsville Police Department units on N. U.S. 421 stopped a man for questioning. The probable cause affidavit said the man — who was later identified as Broadway after he first gave a fake name, address and birth date — was soaked.
The whole incident started as a ZPD officer began pursuing Broadway, driving a 1995 black GMC truck, after the officer determined he was speeding.
During the course of investigation, police determined the truck belonged to Cynthia Broadway, 46, of Westfield. Cynthia Broadway initially told police she loaned the truck to Kathleen Hibner, 45, of Plainfield.
When officers called Hibner, a Plainfield police officer got on the phone. According to court documents, the Plainfield officer told the Zionsville officer he was at Hibner’s home on an alleged domestic case that included charges of domestic battery, criminal confinement and strangulation.
On Wednesday, Hendricks County prosecutors filed criminal confinement with bodily injury, a level 5 felony; criminal confinement, strangulation, and intimidation, all level 6 felonies; and domestic battery, a class A misdemeanor, against Scottie Broadway. If convicted in Hendricks County, he faces over 14 years in prison.
After conferring among each other, officers from Boone, Hendricks and Hamilton counties came to the conclusion Cynthia Broadway had lied to them, according to court documents. She did not lend the truck to Hibner, and she’d had contact with Scottie Broadway much more recently than she let on, according to the probable cause affidavit.
When police found Scottie Broadway, they allegedly found a marijuana pipe, and a small plastic bag with wet marijuana in it.
Boone County prosecutors charged Scottie Broadway with resisting law enforcement, a level 6 felony; resisting law enforcement, a class A misdemeanor; false informing and possession of marijuana, both class B misdemeanors; and possession of paraphernalia, a class C misdemeanor. If convicted in Boone County, he faces nearly five years in prison.
Jury trial was set for 8:30 a.m. Jan. 10, in Boone County Superior Court I. Scottie Broadway bonded out of Boone County Jail on Monday after posting a $550 cash bond.