Man arrested after pursuit

Staff reports

A man arrested after a pursuit that began late Friday night just west of Seymour faces at least six criminal charges, police report.

Timothy Alan Goff, 30, of Seymour was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown on felony charges of criminal confinement and resisting law enforcement with a vehicle causing risk to others and misdemeanor charges of possession of paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, reckless driving with high speed and visiting or maintaining a common nuisance.

Goff’s arrest occurred after a passenger riding in the backseat of the car he was driving shut it off and placed it in park on Fourth Street Road in Seymour, according to a report from Jackson County Reserve Officer Brad Barker. That passenger and a second one in the vehicle were interviewed by police at the scene and released, Barker said.

The incident that led to the pursuit occurred at the public access site at the former Bell Ford Covered Bridge on the East Fork White River between Seymour and Cortland, Barker said.

Barker pulled into a parking area underneath the State Road 258 bridge at about 10 p.m. At that time, a motorist in a vehicle, later identified as Goff, turned on his headlights and sped out of the area onto State Road 258, Barker said.

As Goff pulled into the eastbound lane toward Seymour, he nearly hit a vehicle traveling west, Barker reported.

At that point, Barker said he tried to initiate a traffic stop but the motorist continued east on State Road 258 until it becomes Sixth Street in Seymour and then failed to stop at the four-way stop at Community Drive. The driver then continued east on Sixth Street before turning south on Chestnut Street in downtown Seymour.

The pursuit continued one block south to Fifth Street, east on Fifth Street to Mill Street and then back north to Sixth Street and then east again, Barker said.

Goff then failed to stop for a red light at Sixth and Ewing streets, drove to Broadway Street where he turned south and then ran another stop sign at Broadway and Fifth streets. The pursuit continued east on Fifth Street, south on O’Brien Street to Fourth Street Road where Goff turned east just before the passenger was able to stop the vehicle, Barker said.

Barker said speeds during the pursuit reached nearly 70 mph at times.

Goff, who received citations for speeding and disregarding traffic signals and stop signs, remained in jail Sunday pending his initial court appearance.

Barker was assisted by officers with the sheriff’s department, Seymour Police Department and the Indiana State Police.