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Pursuit On I-69 Lands Bedford Man In Jail
Updated April 6, 2016 7:24 AM | Filed under: Crime
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(DAVIESS CO.) - A pursuit along Interstate 69 which spanned multiple counties landed a Bedford man in jail.

At 12:15 Tuesday afternoon, Indiana State Police Regional Dispatch in Bloomington released a broadcast for any troopers in the area of Interstate 69 to look for a gray 2000 Buick sedan, being driven by 24-year-old Bradley F. Barger of Bedford.

Barger was wanted on two active warrants through Lawrence County for domestic violence.

Lawrence County Police received a call at 10:43 a.m. reporting a battery and Barger being involved. According to the police log a woman called requesting help and a battery, but would not stay on the line with the dispatcher. An IU Health Hospital ambulance and Marshall Volunteer Fire Department responded. The man involved Barger had fled the scene.

According to Lawrence County Police, Barger was southbound on I-69, passing State Road 58.

Master Trooper Gary Wier located Barger at 12:17 p.m. traveling southbound on I-69 at the 65.5 mile marker about 3.5 miles north of Washington and began following him. The trooper requested that additional officers follow before attempting to pull Barger over.

At the 59 mile marker, after having additional troopers with him, Wier attempted to conduct a traffic stop on Barger. who failed to stop, accelerating from speeds near 80 miles an hour to speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour.

The pursuit continued southbound through Pike County and into Gibson County. Troopers were positioned north of the 33 mile marker at State Road 64 at the Huntingburg/Princeton exit)to attempt to deploy tire deflation devices.

As Barger approached the "stop sticks", Barger swerved and crashed into a bridge.

Barger exited his vehicle and attempted to jump off of the bridge and into the Patoka River.

Troopers John Davis and Mitchell Wier grabbed Barger to keep him from jumping.

The physical altercation ended in a fight in which Barger struck Trooper Davis in an effort to continue trying to jump off the bridge.

Barger was taken into custody at 12:36 p.m.

Hewas transported to St. Mary's Hospital in Evansville for treatment of lacerations incurred during the crash. He was released from hospital and then taken to the Gibson County Jail.

Besides the warrants Barger is now facing additional charges of resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, a Level 6 Felony and battery on a police officer, a Class A misdemeanor.



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