Rushville Republican


August 30, 2013

Greensburg man arrested after lengthy pursuit

Greensburg resident Justin Robert Sullivan, 30, is facing a number of felony and misdemeanor charges following his local arrest earlier this week.

As a result of previous driving infractions and charges, Sullivan had his driving privileges revoked for life.

Monday, a Lake Santee resident reported that Sullivan had allegedly stolen a motorcycle and was last seen leaving the area.

“The short story is I located the individual east of Homer shortly after 4:30 and he refused to stop, so a pursuit ensued,” Rush County deputy sheriff Steve Houston said.

Houston located the suspect east of Homer on SR 44 and attempted to make a traffic stop; however, Sullivan had other ideas and led Houston on a lengthy pursuit that reached speeds in excess of 70 mph and ended nearly 30 minutes later on CR 600E near CR 300S.

During the chase, Houston radioed the county dispatch center giving his location and direction of travel as other officers converged on the area. As a result of hand gestures by the fleeing cyclist, concerns escalated that the Greensburg man may intentionally try to harm himself.

After slowing down and speeding up numerous times, Houston witnessed Sullivan throwing personal items away as he continued fleeing.

With other officers joining the pursuit, the Greensburg man finally came to a stop on CR 600E near CR 300S and was taken into custody without further incident.

He now faces charges of possession of stolen property, resisting law enforcement and operating a motor vehicle after driving privileges were suspended for life after being deemed a habitual traffic violator.

He currently is being held in the Rush County Jail on a $30,000 bond.

Contact: Frank Denzler @ 75.932.2222 x106

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