Palmyra man arrested for OWI after 90mph police chase

HARRISON CO. –  On Sunday, March 27th a Palmyra man was arrested on multiple charges after an Indiana State Police trooper attempted to stop him for speeding. 

Early Sunday morning, Trooper Dakota Novak was patrolling State Road 135 in Harrison County, north of Flatwood Road.  

Officer Daniel Evans, with the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department, was traveling south on State Road 135 and advised he had observed a truck traveling north towards Trooper Novak at an extremely high rate of speed. Trooper Novak soon spotted the vehicle and clocked the vehicle traveling at 75mph in a 55mph zone.  

As Trooper Novak watched the truck pass another northbound car and was not slowing down, the trooper activated his lights and siren and attempted to catch up to the driver who was driving at speeds up to 90mph on Hancock Chapel Road. The driver identified as Christopher J. Williams, 30, of Palmyra, turned north onto Crawford Road and continued to speed before turning into a private drive.  

Trooper Novak ordered Williams out of the vehicle and was eventually able to gain compliance.  Officer Evans also arrived on the scene to assist. While talking with Williams, Trooper Novak detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage and began an OWI investigation. During the investigation, Williams’s blood alcohol content was found to be .08%.  

Christopher J. Williams was detained on charges of resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, operating a vehicle while intoxicated endangerment, OWI, and reckless driving. Williams was taken to the Harrison County Jail without further incident.