A 44-year-old man was charged with a raft of offenses including operating a vehicle while intoxicated, drug possession, and resisting arrest after attempting to elude police on the night of March 27 according to a report from the Indiana State Police. Reports indicate that the man provided blood and urine samples for chemical testing before being transported to the Sullivan County Jail.
According to the ISP, the sequence of events began when a trooper attempted to pull a silver Ford sedan over on U.S. Route 41 near County Road 710 at approximately 11:40 p.m. Instead of pulling over as directed, the trooper says that the driver of the vehicle attempted to flee the scene. The ensuing pursuit reaches speeds of up to 70 mph according to media accounts, but it came to a sudden end when the Ford struck a tree. The driver of the vehicle allegedly then fled on foot into a nearby wooded area.
The trooper says that he pursued the man on foot and observed him toss several items into the undergrowth as he fled. These items were later allegedly identified as 12 grams of methamphetamine, 22 alprazolam pills and 130 syringes. After dropping the items, the man is said to have stopped running and surrendered. The trooper says that he noticed several signs that suggested the man was intoxicated and took him into custody after he failed a series of field sobriety tests.
Attorneys with criminal defense experience may advise those facing drunk driving charges to cooperate with police officers and resist the urge to flee. Attempting to elude law enforcement is almost never successful, usually leads to additional charges, and makes it more difficult for defense attorneys to negotiate favorable plea agreements.
Source: The Sullivan Daily Times, "Pursuit lands Sullivan man in jail with several charges", Staff report, March 31, 2019