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Man Arrested After Pursuit
Updated May 5, 2013 1:11 AM
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(MITCHELL) - A Thursday afternoon police chase that involved speeds of 100 mph resulted in the driver turning himself in to authorities Thursday evening.

Roger Moon of the Times-Mail reports that Dewy White, 42, 3309 Stonington Road, Mitchell, was booked into the Lawrence County Jail at 8:45 p.m. and was charged with resisting arrest by fleeing and with reckless driving.

The pursuit began at 2:48 p.m. when Mitchell Police Department officers Cain Gilstrap and Britni Webster attempted to stop a tan truck on Rabbitsville Road.

Mitchell Police Chief Mike Hardman said Gilstrap was driving the police car and he clocked the truck going 42 mph in a 25 mph speed zone. When Gilstrap turned around, White ran a stop sign and began fleeing police.

White led police along a section of Doc Hamilton Boulevard continuing east on Mill Creek Road. He traveled south on Lawrenceport Road toward Ind. 60 East, then turned east on Stonington Road.

From there, the truck went to Bono Road. Webster, by that point, had requested assistance from the Lawrence County Police Department, with the department's log stating that Webster reported the truck was traveling at 100 mph while on Bono Road.

The pursuit continued and later crossed the intersection of Stonington Road and Sportsman's Club Road. The vehicles were traveling east on Stonington Road and passed Scenic Hills Church Road.

The truck later left the road, and Gilstrap passed him in a field off of Stonington Road. The pursuit returned to Stonington Road and then proceeded to Sportsman's Club Road, heading again toward Bono Road.

Hardman said police soon lost sight of the truck, but later located the vehicle in a field near White's Stonington Road residence. Police went to the door, but nobody answered.

Although Lawrence County officers were asked to assist, Sheriff Sam Craig said they chose to disregard the pursuit because of the potential speeds involved would be a threat to public safety and to the officers themselves. He said if the pursuit had involved a felony versus an infraction, it would have been "a different situation."

The Orleans Police Department also was asked to assist but called off its part of the pursuit.



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