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  • Writer's pictureBill Raines

No one Injured Following a Police Pursuit Friday Night

LAWRENCE COUNTY - AUGUST 15, 2022 - Two people were arrested following a police pursuit that originated in Bedford and ended in Southern Lawrence County Friday night.

Police apprehend two people following a police pursuit in Lawrence County Friday, night

No one was injured in the pursuit as law enforcement officers worked together to bring the situation under control.

The couple arrested in the pursuit was 27 year old Dillian Olson, Grand Junction, CO and Jessica Atwood, Eckerty, Indiana.

At 6:53 p.m. Bedford Police Department was on patrol on West 16th Street near Popular Street when police noticed Atwood handing out of the window.

Bedford Police attempted to pull over the vehicle but refused to stop heading west on 16th Street.

The vehicle then went through several city streets in Bedford, and parking lots. Once the vehicle hit John Williams Blvd a Bedford Police officer attempted to use a stop stick and was able to deflate a left rear tire.

The vehicle continued went through city streets on Bedford's north side with Lawrence County Sheriff's Department joining in the pursuit which continued south on State Road 37 with speeds reaching over 100 miles per hour.

The vehicle reached the Mitchell City limits where a Mitchell Police officer was able to successfully able to deploy stop sticks and was able to deflate the remaining tires on the vehicle.

The vehicle then proceeded on State Road 60 West, where a Dodge Ram pickup truck was parked in the middle of the roadway, the truck in the centerline.

As the vehicle approached the truck, the driver lost control and landed in a ditch on State Road 60.

Officers held the two occupants at gunpoint and forcibly removed Atwood who was the passenger of the vehicle out of the vehicle. Atwood forcibly tried to resist officers and was eventually placed in Bedford Police car.

Olson the driver of the vehicle was taken into custody and taken to the Bedford Police Department for processing. Olson was wanted on a warrant in Colorado and a habitual traffic violator.

Olson had a lengthy criminal record as well as eluding police, resisting law enforcement, aggravated battery, and other felony arrests. Officers found several smoking devices, marijuana, and several pills.

Dillion Olson, 27 Grand Junction Colorado

Dillian Olson, 27, Grand Junction, CO, was charged with resisting arrest, habitual traffic violator, possession of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, four counts of possession of a drug, reckless driving, and property damage.

Jessica Atwood 30, Eckerty, Indiana

Jessica Atwood, 30, Eckerty, Indiana, was charged with resisting arrest, possession of meth, possession of marijuana, two counts of possession of controlled substance, four counts of possession of a legend drug, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Throughout the pursuit several residents told the Lawrence County Zephyr that they had to move out of the way to keep from getting hit from the pursuit.

Bedford Police normally averages three to four pursuits a year. Bedford Police Department has a Standard Operating Procedure when these do happen.

Bedford Police Department tries to keep everyone involved safe including the general public.

Over the last several years, police departments across the country have changed their policies regarding police pursuits, and limiting to what kind of suspects they can apprehend.

This pursuit had a good outcome for both the police officers, suspects and the general public.

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