Seymour man arrested on warrant after high-speed chase

SEYMOUR — A Seymour man was arrested Tuesday after a high-speed chase with police over an outstanding warrant for sexual misconduct with a minor.

Jeremiah Pendygraft, 19, faces charges of operating a vehicle with a controlled substance resulting in serious bodily injury, resisting law enforcement, possession of a controlled substance and dealing in a controlled substance.

Seymour police received information at 11:12 p.m. Tuesday about an individual wanted on a Jackson Circuit Court warrant.

A vehicle pursuit was initiated after police attempted to stop Pendygraft, the wanted individual.

He continued northbound on Interstate 65 until taking Exit 64 in Bartholomew County.

There, he collided with another passenger vehicle.

The Columbus Fire Department and emergency medical services personnel responded to the scene to administer care to the other driver after they received injuries to their lower arm.

Columbus police responded to the scene and conducted the crash investigation.

Pendygraft was immediately apprehended, taken from the scene and transported to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour for a blood draw after a Jackson Superior Court I search warrant was obtained.

He also was arrested on an outstanding warrant for sexual misconduct with a minor that stemmed from an investigation that began March 20.

During the investigation, patrol officers took a report from a 15-year-old female who said Pendygraft had nonconsenting sexual contact with her.

Investigators with the Seymour Police Department conducted follow-up interviews with the female minor, and the case was filed with the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office. A warrant was subsequently issued for Pendygraft’s arrest.