Police: Man fled on stolen motorcycle


A man riding a stolen motorcycle led police on a chase that began Monday afternoon in Seymour and ended with his arrest near the Jackson County line with Jennings County.

Jamie Jon Mantel, 45, of Brookfield, Wisconsin, faces preliminary Level 6 felony charges of theft and resisting law enforcement with a vehicle after the incident that began when city police were dispatched to On the Rox at 214 S. Broadway St. to investigate a report of a stolen motorcycle.

At the time of the call at 12:45 p.m., Capt. Carl Lamb reported seeing a motorcycle matching the silver Harley Fatboy that had been reported stolen leav-ing the city eastbound on Tipton Street near U.S. 31, according to a news release from the Seymour Police Department.

Lamb and Officer Tim Toborg were able to catch up with the motorcycle and attempted to conduct a traffic stop.

The man riding the motorcycle, later identified as Mantel, failed to stop and fled at high rate of speed, police said.

Officers pursued the motorcycle for several miles with the motorcyclist turning north on County Road 1250E, east on County Road 700N and then south on County Road 1300E, which is the Jackson/Jennings county line. The driver of the motorcycle then turned onto Base Road and went about a 100 feet before driving about 900 yards into a cornfield, Lamb said Tuesday.

Mantel then lost control of the motorcycle and laid it down before fleeing on foot, Lamb said.

Seymour Cpl. Adam Surface responded with his K-9, Ace, to assist, and he and Toborg tracked Mantel about 400 yards before finding Mantel and arresting him.

Lamb said Mantel was not injured in the incident and did not request medical treatment.

“He knew some people in Seymour and was just here visiting them,” Lamb said.

Mantel was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown at 5:44 p.m. Monday and was being held without bonding pending his initial hearing.

Others assisting in the pursuit and arrest include Seymour Sgt. Ernie Davidson and Officer Mike Henley and several Indiana State Police troopers.

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