Jennings pursuit nets two arrests


A North Vernon man and his brother were arrested late Saturday night after a short pursuit in eastern Jennings County, police report.

Troy R. Petro Jr., 20, was arrested on eight criminal charges, including battery on law enforcement, as a result of the pursuit that began with a traffic stop at 10:22 p.m. Saturday on U.S. 50 near County Road 75E, Jennings County Officer Bryan Katterhenry said.

The pursuit, in which speeds reached in excess of 110 mph at times, ended about 11 minutes later at Petro’s house in the 3500 block of U.S. 50, Katterhenry said.

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Police had to use a stun gun on Petro, who began fighting with deputies as they tried to arrest him when he got out of the 2013 Kia passenger car he had been driving, Katterhenry said.

Several other individuals, including Petro’s brother, Brian R. Petro, 19, of North Vernon, showed up and caused a disturbance to hinder officers’ efforts, Katterhenry said.

Brian Petro made threatening statements toward officers and was arrested on a Level 6 felony charge of intimidation, police said.

Besides the Level 6 battery on law enforcement charge, Troy Petro also faces Level 6 felony charges of resisting law enforcement-fleeing (vehicle) and criminal mischief. He also faces misdemeanor charges of resisting law enforcement, aggressive driving, disorderly conduct, reckless driving and driving without ever having received a driver’s license. He also received citations for speeding, disregarding a stop sign, disregarding a flashing signal and driving left of center.

Others assisting with the pursuit and arrests included Sheriff Gary Driver, county Officer Shawn Minton, county Reserve Officer Doug Brown and officers with North Vernon Police Department, Ripley County Sheriff’s Department and Indiana State Police.

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