North Vernon man arrested after pursuit


A pursuit that began Monday night in Scott County on Interstate 65 and ended 20 miles north in Seymour led to the arrest of a North Vernon man.

Joseph Creech, 37, faces initial charges of resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, possession of methamphetamine and possession of a Legend Drug.

Creech’s arrest occurred as a result of a pursuit that began at about 7 p.m. Monday near the 30-mile marker past Scottsburg, according to a news release from Sgt. Stephen Wheeles, who is the public information officer with the Indiana State Police Post at Versailles.

That chase began after police received a report of a motorist in a red Dodge pickup driving recklessly north on the interstate at about the 30-mile marker.

Crothersville Reserve Officer Matt Browning reported seeing the vehicle traveling northbound near the 41-mile marker at Uniontown in Jackson County, and he attempted to conduct a traffic stop.

The motorist, later identified as Creech, failed to stop for Browning.

Trooper Robert Hutson soon joined the pursuit of the vehicle, and Seymour officers placed stop sticks near the 49-mile marker.

The stop sticks disabled Creech’s vehicle near the Seymour exit.

After the vehicle came to a stop, Creech was taken into custody by Hutson without incident.

During a search of Creech, police said they found methamphetamine and a Legend Drug.

Creech was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown at 7:48 p.m. and was being held without bond Tuesday pending his initial hearing.

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