Vehicle Pursuit Leads to Crawford County Man Arrested

(ENGLISH) – Today shortly after midnight, a Marengo man led Indiana State Troopers on a vehicle pursuit through three counties which ended in a crash in English where the driver was arrested.

Christopher Smith

The incident began when an ISP Trooper from the ISP Jasper Post, attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a Black 2015 Kia passenger car. The Kia initially traveled northbound on US 231 from State Road 62, reaching speeds over 100 miles per hour. The vehicle then turned east on I64 reaching speeds up to 115 miles per hour.

Dubois County Deputies then set out stop sticks (tire deflation devices) at the 63 mile-marker. The stop sticks were effective and deflated the vehicle’s front tire.

The vehicle continued eastbound on I64, with a flat tire traveling at speeds 50- 80 mph through Perry County and Crawford County. The pursuit then went north at the 86-mile marker exit and continued north on State Road 237. The vehicle continued into the town of English. The Pursuit ended just east of English on Temple Road.

The driver of the vehicle 30-year-old Christopher Smith of Marengo, was arrested without incident and transported to the Crawford County Jail on charges of resisting law enforcement, possession of a legend drug, OWI refusal, operating a vehicle while never licensed, reckless driving, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also wanted on an outstanding warrant in Crawford County.

Troopers say Smith was under the influence of a narcotic substance.

Assisting Agencies were, Indiana State Police-Sellersburg Units, Ferdinand Police Department, Dubois County Sheriff’s Office, Perry County Sheriff’s Office, Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, Marengo Police Department, and the English Police Department.