BROWNSTOWN – A Rocky Mount, North Carolina man led Brownstown Police Department on a pursuit from Jackson County, into Lawrence, and Monroe counties Friday morning.
Brownstown Assistant Police Chief Joe Kelley attempted to stop 54-year-old Alvin Lee Whitaker, for several traffic violations including passing a vehicle in a no-passing zone. Whitaker refused to stop.
Assistant Chief Kelley was joined by another Brownstown Police officer and deputies from the Jackson County Sheriffs Department.
The pursuit continued in Lawrence County where Lawrence County deputies deployed stop sticks at the intersection of U.S. 50 and State Road 446. Whitaker hit the stop sticks but continued traveling on U.S. 50 to Stars Boulevard and then north on Barlettsville Road, and onto other county roads. Whitaker ended up on State Road 446.
Shawswick and Pleasant Run Volunteer Fire Departments along with IU Health Ambulance Service was dispatched to stand-by at the intersection of State Road 58 and Bartlettsville Road in case there were injuries or accidents during the pursuit.
Officers from the Indiana State Police, Bloomington Post joined in the pursuit with the chase continuing north on State Road 446 into Monroe County.
According to police, speeds reached up to 100 to 120 mph at times on State Road 446.
Monroe County Deputies set up stop sticks at the entrance to Paynetown Campground, but they were not needed because Whitaker finally stopped at the intersection of Chapel Hill Road and State Road 446.
There were no injuries reported during the pursuit.
Whitaker was taken to Jackson County Jail and booked at 1:34 p.m. on a charge of resisting law enforcement and there is no bond at this time.
According to police, Whitaker just refused to stop and was not wanted on any other charges prior to the police chase.
Police agencies responding to the incident included Brownstown Police Department, Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department, Indiana State Police Bloomington Post, and Monroe County Sheriff’s Department.