Deputies arrest driver who fled from traffic stop

Bartholomew County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a local man after he was accused of fleeing in his vehicle after a traffic stop.

Deputy Andrew Whipker stopped a vehicle driven by Jami Martin, 59, of 7834 Lykins Drive, at 9:43 p.m. Monday in front of the Clay Township Fire Department on 25th Street, deputies said.

During the traffic stop, Whipker noticed an odor of burned marijuana coming from the vehicle, deputies said.

As Whipker continued to investigate, Martin attempted to flee in his vehicle with deputies following westbound on 25th Street, and then northbound onto Taylor Road, deputies said. The pursuit continued onto Marr Road and then west on County Road 600N and south onto County Road 100E.

As the pursuit continued west on County Road 550N, stop sticks were placed at county roads 550N and 100W by deputy Andrew Dougan and Indiana State Trooper Jacob Tolle, deputies said.

Martin’s vehicle struck the stop sticks and stopped about a half mile west of that intersection, deputies said.

Deputies located methamphetamine and marijuana in Martin’s vehicle during a search, deputies. said.

Martin was arrested on preliminary charges of resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and reckless driving, deputies said. He also received multiple traffic citations, deputies said.

He is being held without bond in the Bartholomew County Jail, officials said.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at or (812) 379-5631.