(WARRICK CO.) – On Thursday night at approximately 7:20 p.m., Trooper Austin Keller was patrolling on Main Street near Vine Street in Boonville when he spotted a Chevrolet Trailblazer with an improper registration.
Trooper Keller attempted to stop the vehicle when the driver turned into McDonald’s but the driver failed to stop and drove around the restaurant twice before exiting the parking lot and driving east on Locust Street at approximately 45 mph in a 30 mph zone.
The driver nearly struck another vehicle that had stopped in the right lane near the intersection of Locust and Second Street.
When the driver swerved to avoid hitting the stopped vehicle he lost control. His vehicle left the roadway on the south side, slid through the parking lot of the post office before striking a light pole and a building located at 204 West Locust Street.
There were several people inside the building, but they were not injured. After striking the building, the driver put his vehicle in reverse and attempted to leave the scene, but the vehicle was disabled. The driver was ordered out of the vehicle and was taken into custody without further incident.
The driver was identified as 37-year-old Joshua Taylor, of Lamar. Further investigation troopers learned Taylor’s driver’s license was suspended.
When officers searched his vehicle they found multiple smoking pipes. Taylor was arrested on charges of criminal recklessness, resisting law enforcement, resisting arrest, reckless driving, driving while driver’s license suspended and taken to the Warrick County Jail where he is currently being held on bond.
Arresting Officer was ISP Trooper Austin Keller, assisting was ISP Trooper Kyle Otolski, and officers with the Boonville Police and Warrick County Sheriff’s Office.