Westport man jailed after fleeing on motorcycle

JENNINGS COUNTY — A Westport man was arrested on multiple charges after a high-speed chase in Jennings County.

Robert Ward Jr., 65, was arrested at about 2:20 a.m. Sunday on charges of possession of methamphetamine, reckless driving and resisting law enforcement by fleeing after he initially refused to stop his motorcycle on County Road 200E, said Lt. Mike Mowery, spokesman for the Jennings County Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies were serving a warrant in the northeast part of the county when they saw a motorcycle traveling south on County Road 200E near the Jennings/Decatur county line, Mowery said. As the motorcycle approached, it appeared it was about to turn into a driveway, but then took off at a high rate of speed southbound on County Road 200E, Mowery said.

As Sgt. Allen Ritchie attempted to stop the motorcycle, the driver accelerated to speeds above 100 mph, Mowery said. After about three miles, Ward stopped at a driveway, turned off his motorcycle and was arrested, Mowery said.

During the arrest, deputies found about two grams of methamphetamine in Ward’s possession, Mowery said.

Ward was released after posting $3,155 bond at the jail, jail officials said.