Police: Man hit power pole, fled

A man involved in a wreck Monday near Little Acres wound up being arrested on five charges after police said he fled the scene and tried to hide in a nearby wooded area.

The incident that led to the arrest of Joshua J. Love, 34, of Seymour began when the Nissan Altima he was driving hit and snapped an REMC pole in the 10000 block of North State Road 11, according to a report from Jackson County Officer Adam Nicholson.

Love, wanted on a Bartholomew County warrant, and a male passenger were not hurt in the wreck, reported at 1:37 a.m. Monday. Love fled the scene, but the passenger did not and was not arrested.

“Despite what the scene looked like, fortunately, no one was hurt,” said Nicholson, who responded to the wreck with county Officer Mark Holt.

Love first ran to a nearby residence, where he tried to knock on the door and also attempted to get into a vehicle on the property. A woman there called 911 to report the suspicious activity, Nicholson said.

Officers later found Love hiding in a line of pine trees on the property about a half-mile from the scene of the wreck, Nicholson said. At that time, he was still trying to resist arrest but was eventually caught.

Police said they found a pill and glass pipes during a search of the vehicle.

Love was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown at 4:09 a.m. Monday.

He faces Class A misdemeanor charges of leaving the scene of a property-damage accident, resisting law enforcement, driving while suspended with a prior conviction, possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia. Those charges carry a $705 bond, but he was being held without bond because of the Bartholomew County warrant for nonpayment of child support.

Workers with Jackson County REMC were called to the scene to replace the broken pole.