Four Men Arrested After High-Speed Pursuit

(BARTHOLOMEW CO.) – Four men from Louisville were arrested following a multiple county police pursuit early Tuesday. 

Indiana State Police report the pursuit began around 1 a.m. on I-65N in Bartholomew County.

The four men, who were traveling in a 2015 Kia, were pulled over by a trooper after traveling in excess of 100 miles per hour.

Police obtained information that criminal activity was taking place in the car and called for additional ISP troopers. During the investigation, Derek Fajardo, the driver of the car, attempted to drive the car from the scene.

Derek Fajardo

In the attempt, the car made contact with a responding ISP trooper, who was treated for minor injuries. 

ISP then pursued the car northbound on I-65 where it exited onto State Road 46 into Columbus. Police say Fajardo did a u-turn and entered back onto I-65 southbound. 

The car soon entered into Jackson County where police deployed a tire deflation device. The car ran over the device.

Gunshots were fired during the pursuit and three guns were thrown from the car. They were located along I-65 in Jackson County.

The car came to a stop on I-65, just south of Seymour. All four occupants of the vehicle were arrested are facing multiple charges.

Police say one of the guns thrown from the vehicle and the Kia the men were in were reported stolen from Louisville.

Officers also found marijuana on the four men.

Jordan Griffith

The four men arrested were 27-year-old Fajardo, 25-year-old Jordan Griffith, 28-year-old Breyon Bell, and 20-year-old Gaulber Castro. 

Breyon Bell

Each are facing charges of possession of a stolen firearm, obstruction of justice and possession of marijuana. 

Gaulber Castro

Fajardo is facing charges of possession of a stolen vehicle, resisting law enforcement, battery, and reckless driving. Griffith was also wanted on a warrant out of Louisville.

All four men are currently being housed in the Bartholomew County Jail. 

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