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Vehicle Pursuit Lands Bloomington Woman Behind Bars
Updated September 22, 2017 6:01 AM | Filed under: Crime
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(MARTIN CO.) - A vehicle pursuit early Tuesday morning landed a Bloomington woman in jail.

Around 4 a.m. Martin County Sheriff's Office Deputy Tyler Reed was on patrol in Loogootee when he observed a vehicle with a false and fictitious expired license plate. Deputy Reed followed the vehicle, which began driving evasively. The vehicle attempted to evade Deputy Reed on Half Moon Road before going northbound on U.S. Highway 231, and accelerated to speeds exceeding 100 mph as Deputy Reed caught up to the vehicle, near the Bramble Road and Highway 231 intersection, the vehicle slowed and abruptly turned east onto Bramble Road.

Deputy Reed activated his vehicle's emergency lights to initiate a traffic stop. The vehicle failed to stop and accelerated.

The vehicle disregarded the stop sign at the Bramble Road and Saint Joseph Road intersection continuing east. Near a church playground on Bramble Road, the vehicle left the roadway and went into a grassy field. The vehicle then went into a corn field where it came to a stop.

The driver then fled on foot further into the corn field. Deputy Reed gave a verbal announcement as he was deploying his aggression-certified K9, Virka for an area search and apprehension if the suspect did not cease her resistance.

The driver, 30-year-old Maria Hale, stopped a short distance from the vehicle and was arrested.

Backup units arrived shortly after consisting of ISP Troopers Andrew Beaver, and Kurtis Blunk, LPD Sgt. Rick Norris, Daviess County Sheriff's Office Deputies Troy Fuhs, and Deputy Steve Sturgis. EMS was requested for Hale who complained of an injured hand and back pain.

Police say Hale showed signs of impairment and refused to submit to a chemical test.

Police searched the area and found a plastic baggie containing a white-crystal substance that field tested positive for meth.

Hale was medically cleared at the Daviess Community Hospital before she was transported to the Martin County Jail on charges of resisting arrest, possession of meth, obstruction of justice, two counts of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, criminal mischief and reckless driving.

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