Martinsville man arrested after fleeing from police

JOHNSON CO. – A Martinsville man was arrested Saturday evening following a chase in Johnson County.

According to a press release from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, on Saturday, just after 10 p.m. a deputy spotted a vehicle trying to illegally navigate the roundabout at Fairview and Morgantown roads.

The vehicle then proceeded to run a stop sign at Bluff Road.

The deputy attempted to stop the driver, but he refused to stop.

The driver fled, at a high rate of speed, west on Fairview Road, going past State Road 37 and finally coming to a stop in a field in a dead-end portion of Fairview Road.

Police arrested the driver 38–year-old Joshua Mercer.

During a search of the vehicle, police seized 470 grams of meth, 43 grams of marijuana, other drug paraphernalia, and more than $3,400 in cash.

Police say Mercer was intoxicated on narcotics. He was also found to be on probation out of Marion County.

Mercer was arrested on charges of operating while intoxicated, possession of meth, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia, and operating a vehicle while never licensed.