Brief pursuit ends in 2 arrests


A pursuit that began with an officer’s attempt to stop a speeding vehicle early Saturday morning just north of Cortland ended a short time later with the arrest of two people.

Lindsey Shay Warner, 35, of Brownstown faces charges related to the pursuit along with two outstanding warrants.

The second person, Rex Carl Miller, 37, of Medora was arrested on a Class A misdemeanor charge of possession of paraphernalia after a glass pipe found in the vehicle tested positive for methamphetamine, according to county Officer Mark Holt’s report.

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Miller was the owner of the vehicle involved in the pursuit that Holt said began when he caught a motorist in a vehicle driving 53 miles per hour on County Road 400E in front of Cortland Elementary School. The speed limit is 25 mph.

Holt said he turned on his emergency lights and siren in an attempt to stop the vehicle, but the motorist continued driving north on County Road 400E before finally stopping north of County Road 800N.

Warner tried to flee on foot but was caught before she could get completely out of the vehicle, Holt said.

Holt said Warner told him her plans were to try to run away, but she did not have the chance to do that before being caught.

After a search of criminal records by county dispatchers, Holt arrested Warner on two warrants. The first was signed Sept. 14 by Jackson Circuit Judge Richard W. Poynter and was for failure to appear on a felony charge of Legend Drug deception and misdemeanor charges of possession of a controlled substance and driving while suspended.

The second warrant was a writ of attachment issued through Jackson Superior Court Judge Bruce MacTavish for failure to appear.

Holt also is requesting a Level 6 felony charge of resisting law enforcement with a vehicle and driving while suspended with a prior conviction against Warner.

She also faces a Class A misdemeanor charge of possession of paraphernalia after the pipe was found on the floor of the passenger side of the vehicle, Holt reported.

County Officer Jesse Hutchinson and state Trooper Chris Lockman assisted with the investigation after the incident, reported to county dispatchers at 2:25 a.m. Saturday.

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