A high-speed, 10-mile chase through Bartholomew County ended with a frequent traffic offender in jail early Monday.
Dwayne L. Thomas, 40, Elizabethtown, was arrested on preliminary felony charges of resisting law enforcement and recklessness with a vehicle as well as misdemeanor counts of driving while suspended, possession of drug paraphernalia and criminal mischief.
Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Todd Noblitt said Thomas has had 28 suspensions of his driver’s license since 2003.
The chase started shortly after midnight when sheriff’s deputy Kris Weisner observed a Dodge pickup truck with expired plates in the area of County Road 500S and County Road 350E. Weisner followed the truck into a driveway and turned on his siren.
The driver reportedly turned around, toward Weisner, nearly hitting the deputy’s car before speeding.
“Vehicle pursuits are one of the most dangerous activities that law enforcements can be involved in,” Noblitt said. “And it’s also one of the most dangerous activities for the public.”
The car chase went through Azalia to Elizabethtown. At times during the pursuit, Noblitt said, the driver was driving with his lights turned off.
The driver pulled into a field in the area of U.S. 31 and County Road 475S and attempted to flee on foot. BCSD Sgt. Jim Green drove a four-wheel drive truck into the field to stop him.
“I guess at that time he determined he wasn’t going to be able to outrun the 4x4,” Noblitt said. “Fortunately nobody was injured, and this guy went to jail.”