(PAOLI) – A pursuit in Orange County this weekend landed a woman in jail. The police continue to search for the driver.
The pursuit began after an Indiana State Trooper noticed a white Honda traveling eastbound on US 150 and Southeast 4th Street in Paoli with no visible license plate.
The trooper stopped the vehicle at US 150 and South Ridgecrest Lane. As the trooper began to approach the driver’s side of the vehicle, he observed the driver was a white male with another occupant in the front passenger seat.
As he reached the rear driver’s side door, the vehicle pulled away and accelerated quickly traveling eastbound on US 150. The trooper returned to his vehicle and began to pursue the vehicle. The vehicle continued eastbound on US 150 traveling at speeds ranging from 70 to 95 miles per hour.
The trooper stated the vehicle would slow down, passing vehicles, and then continue at a high rate of speed. The pursuit continued on US 150, into Washington County, and turned north onto Southwest Washington School Road. The vehicle continued at approximately 65 mph then turned east onto West Bullington Road. The vehicle then turned from Bullington onto Nally Court. Nally Court is a dead-end gravel road that ends at a wood line. When the pursuit approached the end of Nally Court the vehicle continued straight into the tree line and appeared to turn to the left.
The trooper stopped his vehicle at the tree line and but lost sight of the other vehicle. The trooper says the car went onto a possible overgrown path.
When other officers arrived, they walked into the woods following the tire tracks of the vehicle. The vehicle was located approximately 125 yards inside the woods where it had struck a tree. The driver’s door was opened with a missing driver.
The passenger 20-year-old Mallory Kennedy, was located in the vehicle and arrested without incident.
She told police the driver of the vehicle was 37-year-old James Humphry.
Orange County K9 Officer Ryan Smith arrived shortly after the vehicle was found and deployed his K9 to search for Humphry. Humphry was not located during the track.
A search of the vehicle located a container and plastic bag which contained residue which field-tested for meth. A syringe was also located.
Kennedy was then transported to the IU Health for medical clearance and then to the Orange County Jail on a charge of possession of meth.
A warrant was issued for Humphry’s arrest on charges of resisting arrest with a vehicle, possession of meth, unlawful possession of a syringe, aggressive driving, and reckless driving.