|A Crawfordsville, Indiana man led troopers on a nearly 30 mile pursuit through two counties that ended with a crash near Scottsburg, Indiana. With the assistance of multiple agencies, the suspect was then taken into custody on numerous charges.The incident began at approximately 1:00 pm, when Trooper Andrew Garrett, Indiana State Police-Versailles, conducted a traffic stop on a red 2012 Honda Civic on I-65 Southbound near the 56 mile marker in northern Jackson County. After briefly speaking to Trp. Garrett, the vehicle driven by Mitchell W. Jones, age 30, Crawfordsville, Indiana fled the scene southbound on I-65. Numerous troopers from the Indiana State Police-Versailles Post assisted in pursuing the vehicle.The vehicle struck a tire deflation device deployed by a trooper near the 48 mile marker. The vehicle continued southbound on I-65 despite two tires on the vehicle being deflated. The vehicle continued southbound, eventually entering Scott County. The vehicle struck additional tire deflation devices near the 34 and 29 mile markers in Scott County.While approaching the Scottsburg exit, the vehicle struck the rear of a semi pulling a trailer, driven by James Green, age 45, Laconia, Indiana that was traveling southbound on I-65. Jones and Green were both uninjured in the crash. Jones resisted arrest at the scene before being taken into custody. Jones spit on numerous officers and EMS personnel at the scene after being taken into custody. Jones was transported to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour, Indiana for evaluation before being transferred to the Jackson County Jail where he faces numerous charges.Troopers from the ISP-Versailles Post were assisted by troopers from the ISP-Sellersburg Post, and officers from the Crothersville Police Department, Austin Police Department, Scottsburg Police Department, and Scott County Sheriff’s Office. Scott County EMS and the Scottsburg Fire Department also assisted. |
SGT. STEPHEN WHEELES
Under the Law, criminal charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
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