Salem man arrested after a brief pursuit

PALMYRA- A Salem man was arrested on multiple charges after a brief pursuit early Thursday morning. 

Shortly after 2 a.m., an Indiana State Police trooper observed a green Honda Civic driving left of center on State Road 135 in Palmyra. The trooper ran the license plate and the vehicle returned as a stolen vehicle from Washington County, Indiana.

Levi Smith

When the trooper attempted to stop the vehicle after it turned on to Keeling Avenue, the driver of the Honda refused to stop. The car continued to a dead end on the north end of Keeling Avenue and then turned around, driving through a yard. The Honda then went south on Keeling and encountered yet another dead end. The vehicle entered a second yard and became stuck after crashing into a wooded area and a small ditch. After several unsuccessful attempts to free the car, the driver 30-year-old Levi Smith complied and was taken into custody without further incident.  

The trooper also learned Smith was wanted on a warrant out of Washington County on a charge of invasion of privacy.

Smith was medically cleared at the Harrison County Hospital and has been preliminarily charged with the theft of a motor vehicle, resisting law enforcement in a vehicle, driving while driver’s license suspended, and possession of marijuana. 

Trooper Clay Boley was assisted at the scene by Harrison County Deputy Daniel Evans.