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2 Jennings Co. residents arrested after high-speed pursuit

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A Jennings County man and woman wanted by the law were arrested following a vehicle chase that at times reached 90 mph.

Kevin D. Lovegrove, 40, of Butlerville, was wanted for theft. He was arrested on charges of resisting law enforcement, a Class D felony, and misdemeanor charges of reckless driving and criminal mischief. Also, Lovegrove is accused of eight traffic violations and having a false or fictitious vehicle registration.

His passenger, Anna M. Hillard, 30, of North Vernon, was wanted on two warrants for failure to appear in court on an original charge of unlawful possession of a syringe and risk of fleeing. Hilliard was arrested on a charge of maintaining a common nuisance.

At 11:40 p.m. Sunday night, Patrolman Seth Beville saw Lovegrove’s car run a stop sign on Walnut Street in North Vernon, according to North Vernon Police spokesman Sgt. Andrew Richmond. When Beville turned on his lights and siren to make a traffic stop, Lovegrove’s Pontiac took off east on U.S. 50 at a high rate of speed, Richmond said.

The pursuit went along several county roads, eventually leaving Jennings County, Richmond said.

But by the time the chase crossed into Ripley County, Beville was joined in the pursuit by officers from both Jennings and Ripley counties, Richmond said.

As the 26-mile chase wound along a series of rural roads west of Otter Village, troopers from the Indiana State Police set out stop sticks within a series of sharp curves along West Fairgrounds Road.

After the Pontiac hit the spiked sticks, Lovegrove’s tires began to deflate, Richmond said. The pursuit then went less than a mile before the driver finally stopped along Ripley County Road 300 North, just outside Osgood. Moments later, both Lovegrove and Hillard were taken into custody.

Since both Lovegrove and Hillard were being sought prior to the chase, both were jailed without bond Monday in the Jennings County Jail, Richmond said.

Bonds will not be considered until after initial hearings are conducted later this week in Vernon, he added.

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