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  • Writer's pictureBill Raines

Two Arrested after Pursuit and Crash in Washington and Orange Counties

AREA - August 13,2022 - Thursday, August 11, 2022: Two people were arrested Thursday afternoon after leading an Indiana State Police Trooper on a pursuit on rural County roadways in Washington and Orange Counties.

Around 12:40 p.m. Thursday afternoon, Trooper Brett Walters was patrolling on U.S. 150 in Washington County when he observed a dark-colored SUV traveling at a high rate of speed. Trooper Walters clocked the vehicle at 73-mph in a 55-mph zone and turned to stop the car. The vehicle, a 2006 Ford Explorer, turned onto Radcliff Road, but the driver refused to stop. The driver fled at high speeds and led Trooper Walters on a pursuit through Washington and Orange County roadways. Speeds during the pursuit reached 90 mph, and the driver ran multiple stop signs and made unsafe movements while approaching oncoming traffic.

Indiana Conservation Officers Neal Brewington, Jim Schreck and K-9 Smokie assisted Indiana State Police in apprehending suspects following a police pursuit

The driver eventually turned back east and the pursuit re-entered Washington County. As the driver approached the intersection of Pavey Ridge Road and Indiana State Road 66, the driver failed to negotiate the intersection and eventually crashed off the east side of the highway. The occupants then fled from the scene on foot but were soon located and apprehended thanks to the assistance of Indiana Department of Natural Resources Officers and K9 "Smokie."

According to Indiana Conservation Department the suspects were tracked through a soybean field, woods, and the suspect being located in a sink to locate Mr. Roberts.

The Mrs. Elliott a passenger in the vehicle being located a few yards away.

Donald Bruce Roberts - Corydon, Indiana

The driver, identified as 52-year-old Donald Bruce Roberts of Corydon, Indiana, and the passenger, 25-year-old Chloe Madison Elliott, also of Corydon, were both transported to St. Vincent Hospital in Salem for minor injuries. After being medically cleared, both were incarcerated at the Washington County Jail.

As a result of the pursuit and ensuing investigation, both are charged as follows:

Donald Bruce Roberts:

• Resisting Law Enforcement with a vehicle -Level 5 Felony

• Possession of Methamphetamine - Level 6 Felony

• Possession of Syringe - Level 6 Felony

• Possession of Paraphernalia -A Misdemeanor

• Resisting Law Enforcement (on foot) - A Misdemeanor

• Leaving the scene of an accident - B Misdemeanor

• Operating while never receiving a valid license- A Misdemeanor

Chloe Madison Elliott - Corydon, Indiana

Chloe Madison Elliott:

• Resisting Law Enforcement (on foot) - A Misdemeanor

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