Pursuit ends in woman’s arrest

A pursuit that began when an officer saw a motorist run a stop sign Monday just west of Cortland led to the arrest of a woman on a felony charge of resisting law enforcement, police report.

Melissa Sue Burton, 32, of Freetown also was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear after the pursuit that ended on the far west side of Seymour, according to a news release from Jackson County Reserve Officer Mitch Ray. A passenger in the vehicle was not charged.

Ray said the pursuit began when he saw a motorist drive through a stop sign at county roads 100E and 600N in the Cortland area.

The driver, later identified as Burton, refused to stop and drove east on County Road 600N at speeds between 60 and 100 mph. The driver turned north on County Road 400E and traveled to Cortland before turning east on State Road 258 and heading toward Seymour.

The pursuit ended at Bell Ford Drive with the arrest of Burton, Ray said. She was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown at 1:07 p.m. Monday and was being held without bond pending her initial hearing.

Officers with Seymour Police Department and Indiana State Police assisted.