Pursuit Ends With Crash And Felony Drug Charges

(CLARK CO.) – Monday at approximately 8:50 a.m. Indiana State Trooper James Ferguson was conducting traffic enforcement on I-65 in Clark County when he observed a black Corvette traveling northbound near the 2-mile marker at a high rate of speed.

Trooper Ferguson clocked the vehicles speed at 88MPH in a 65MPH zone and attempted to stop the driver for the violation. The driver increased speed and exited the interstate to US 31 north and continued through two intersections before re-entering I-65 again near the 5-mile marker with Trooper Ferguson in pursuit of the fleeing vehicle with his emergency lights and siren activated.
The driver then exited I-65 to State Road 265 and was fleeing eastbound. At the 8-mile marker, the driver passed a blue 2015 Honda Accord by using the right lane. At that time a crash occurred between the blue Honda Accord and Trooper Fergusons marked police commission. Trooper Ferguson remained at the crash scene to check on the driver of the blue Honda. The fleeing driver continued east on 265 and at some point turned his vehicle around and began traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes of State Road 265.
The driver was fleeing westbound at a high rate of speed in the eastbound lanes when additional Troopers and officers with the Clarksville Police department began pursuing the vehicle. At the 5.8 mile marker the driver of the Corvette, while weaving in and out of on-coming traffic, lost control of his vehicle striking a guardrail and forced another driver in a red 1995 Ford Ranger off of the roadway to avoid hitting the Corvette. The Corvette then left the roadway and crashed into a tree line.
The driver then got out of his vehicle and fled on foot. Troopers and Clarksville police pursued the driver on foot and deployed a taser to take the driver into custody. While searching the driver officers located suspected methamphetamines and drug paraphernalia in his possession. The driver was taken to the Clark County hospital for medical evaluation and a chemical test for operating while intoxicated.
The drivers of the blue Honda Accord and the red Ford Ranger were not injured.
The driver of the Corvette, 39-year-old Brandon E. Dehart of Louisville, Kentucky is charged with criminal recklessness with a vehicle, reckless driving, resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, resisting law enforcement, operating while intoxicated-controlled substance, operating while intoxicated endangering others, dealing in methamphetamines, possession of methamphetamines, possession of drug paraphernalia.