Teen arrested after pursuit

A 16-year-old youth faces criminal charges in connection with a pursuit Monday in Seymour that began with a report that a man was looking into vehicles.

The pursuit started after officers responded to that report at 4:45 a.m. in the 100 block of Church Avenue on the city’s south side.

As officers began arriving, the caller told dispatchers the male had gotten into a vehicle and was trying to leave.

Sgt. John Watson reported he attempted to stop a vehicle matching the caller’s described, but the driver left at a “high rate of speed.”

City officers Mathew Carver, Benjamin Miller and Seth Sage joined the pursuit along with county Officer Dustin Steward and county Reserve Officer Kevin Settle.

An attempt to use “stop sticks” to bring the pursuit to a end did not work because of unpredictable changes in direction made by the driver, police reported.

The driver traveled to the west end of the city before circling back to the east and south. It came to an end at O’Brien Street and Freeman Avenue where the teen was arrested. There was no damage reported to any of the vehicles involved in the pursuit, police said.

The youth, who had a suspended driver’s license, was arrested and transported to the Jackson County Juvenile Detention Center in Brownstown. He faces preliminary charges of resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, reckless driving and criminal recklessness with a vehicle.