Chandler man arrested after multi-county chase

POSEY CO. – Wednesday at approximately 11:30 p.m. an Indiana State trooper was patrolling State Road 62 when he stopped the driver of a 2003 Pontiac near Carson School Road for a headlight violation.

Cody McCool

The driver was identified as 29-year-old Cody McCool, of Chandler.

During the traffic stop, McCool displayed signs of impairment. While field sobriety tests were being conducted, McCool refused to follow directions and then quickly got back into his vehicle and fled westbound on State Road 62 into Mt. Vernon where he traveled down several city streets before driving east on SR 62.

A Posey County Sheriff’s Deputy deployed stop sticks on SR 62 near Caborn Road, but McCool traveled off the south side of the roadway to avoid the stop sticks. McCool also drove toward the sheriff’s deputy narrowly missing him before re-entering the highway and continuing east on SR 62 into Vanderburgh County. McCool was traveling at approximately 60 mph.

Two sets of stop sticks were successfully deployed on SR 62 near Shuttle Road and on SR 66 near Fielding Road. McCool’s vehicle continued to travel east on SR 66 into Warrick County with damaged tires. McCool is now driving at approximately 30-40 mph before continuing north on SR 261 into Boonville and then west on SR 62 toward Chandler. McCool is now driving on four rims and traveling approximately 40-60 mph. When McCool drove north on State Street in Chandler, he lost control and crashed into a ditch at Monroe Avenue. McCool immediately exited his vehicle and fled on foot. He was located approximately six minutes later in the 500 block of Idaho Street by a Warrick County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit, but he continued to resist arrest and was tased by Indiana State Police.

McCool was arrested without further incident. He was taken to Deaconess Gateway Hospital for minor injuries and then transported to the Posey County Jail where he is currently being held on bond.

Police arrested Cody McCool, of Chandler, on charges of criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon, resisting law enforcement, resisting arrest, reckless driving, and operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

Arresting Officer: Trooper Zack Fulton, Indiana State Police

Assisting Agencies: Mt. Vernon Police, Posey County Sheriff’s Office, Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office, Evansville Police, Newburgh Police, Chandler Police and Warrick County Sheriff’s Office