High-speed chase in Jennings County leads to an arrest

JENNINGS COUNTY — A high-speed chase that began in Lovett Township ended in a field in southern Jennings County, where sheriff’s deputies arrested a Scottsburg man on multiple charges.

Roger J. Napier, 42, was arrested on preliminary charges of felony resisting law enforcement by fleeing and reckless driving and was cited for speeding, said Lt. Mike Mowery, Jennings County Sheriff’s Department spokesman.

The chase happened at about 5 a.m. Thursday when a deputy traveling northbound on State Road 3 near County Road 500S saw a 1999 red Chevrolet Cavalier going 88 miles per hour in a 55-mile-per-hour zone, Mowery said.

Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Allen Ritchie turned his patrol car around and attempted to stop Napier, who refused to pull over, Mowery said. Napier’s car continued traveling south on State Road 3, he said.

Napier then attempted to make a right turn on to County Road 850S, but because of his speed overshot the county road and entered the Commiskey Corner Store parking lot, Mowery said. Napier then drove west on County Road 850S, but after a short distance the Cavalier left the roadway and went into a field in Montgomery Township in southern Jennings County.

Napier told deputies he attempted to flee because he didn’t want a speeding ticket, Mowery said.

Napier is being held in the Jennings County Jail in lieu of $1,055 bond, jail officials said.