“The individual (later identified as Dustin Christopher Jameson, 28, of Greenfield) has been involved in three pursuits in recent weeks and in each case failed to yield for traffic violations,” Rush County Sheriff Allan Rice said.
The first pursuit was undertaken by Indiana State Police Trooper Eric Downey. The subject threw a firearm while fleeing in Shelby County. The pursuit was terminated in the vicinity of U.S. 52 and SR 9.
A second pursuit three weeks ago was initiated when Carthage Town Marshall Danny Baker attempted to stop what is believed to be the same male on a black and green motorcycle. Again, the individual failed to comply and fled apprehension.
During the early morning hours of Aug. 12, Rush County Deputy Terry Drake noticed a westbound black and green motorcycle did not have a license plate and attempted to initiate a traffic stop west of Rushville, however, the driver failed to comply and fled westbound on U.S. 52 at a high rate of speed.
Deputy Drake requested additional assistance from officers as the motorcycle raced through the rural community of Arlington in excess of 100 mph.
Rush County Sheriff Rice joined the pursuit near the Rush County and Shelby County line.
According to Sheriff Rice, the fleeing motorcyclist continued into Shelby County and again did not adhere to speed limit signs as it passed through Gwynneville, Morristown and eventually New Palestine.
“The speeds were high and it was very dangerous for the subject, the public and police officers. He failed to yield to anything in his path — stoplights, stop signs or vehicles,” Rice said.
At one point, Rice was able to get alongside the fleeing motorcycle and still the driver refused to stop. During the pursuit, officers observed what they thought was a handgun thrown or lost by the cyclist. As a result, a search of that area was undertaken. During that search, it was discovered the item was actually a cell phone and that became crucial piece of evidence that led to Jameson’s apprehension.
“Pursuits pose a very dangerous situation for the suspect, law enforcement personnel and other motorist. During the pursuit last Monday, the suspect drove down the middle of the highway, often between vehicles going opposite directions, at an extremely high rate of speed. At one point it began to rain and he threw his arms up as if he was going to stop. It stopped raining and he once again sped up and took off,” Rice said.
Rice terminated the pursuit in Marion County near German Church Road and U.S. 52.
An active investigation was undertaken by each of the law enforcement agencies and it revealed that he was in a Glenwood residence. Officers made positive identification and Jameson was taken into custody Friday afternoon shortly after 2 p.m.
He currently is facing charges in multiple counties. Locally he is charged with resisting law enforcement, driving while suspended with a prior conviction and reckless driving. A $10,000 bond was listed. No bond information regarding the out of counties was known at press time.
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