Rushville Republican

May 3, 2013

Kentucky man arrested after 10 mile pursuit

Rush Co. deputy injured

Frank Denzler
Rushville Republican

RUSHVILLE — The report of a suspicious driver was received at the Decatur County Sheriff’s Department shortly before 10 p.m. Tuesday.

According to Decatur County Sheriff Gregory Allen, the call originated from a motorist traveling behind the suspect vehicle, a Burgundy Chevrolet, nearly five miles south of Greensburg on SR 3 near CR 500S in Decatur County. The caller advised the dispatcher that the driver was slowing down, speeding up and on at least one occasion had stopped in the roadway.

“At some point the caller was able to pass the vehicle and was able to give the dispatcher information regarding it,” Allen said.

Allen said as the vehicle continued through Greensburg the driver entered the Interstate 74 bypass going the wrong direction. At that time Greensburg Police officer Wayne Davis attempted a traffic stop on the vehicle, later found to be driven by Randy Riggs, 21, no address other than Kentucky given.

Riggs refused to pull over and a pursuit that included Decatur County deputies ensued northbound on SR 3.

As the chase entered Rush County, Rush County deputy sheriff Alan Rice and Rushville Police officer Brent Horton began converging on the fleeing vehicle from Rushville.

As a safety measure, officers closed southbound traffic on SR 3 in the 2000 block while Rice and Horton placed stop-sticks in the roadway south of SR 244 as the fleeing vehicle approached.

The measure worked and disabled the fleeing vehicle a short distance later, north of SR 244.

While recovering the stop-sticks, deputy Rice sustained a minor shoulder injury. Following treatment at Rush Memorial Hospital, he was released.

Riggs was taken into custody without further incident. He currently is being held in the Decatur County Jail on initial charges of resisting arrest and a class “D” felony charge of reckless driving with a motor vehicle. No bond information was indicated on the arrest report.

Contact: Frank Denzler @ 765.932.2222 x106