Pursuit ends in man’s arrest


A high-speed chase that began and ended in Jackson County resulted in the arrest of a man on 10 charges Sunday morning, police report.

Christopher Carl Bell, 29, of Seymour, was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown at 10:57 a.m. The list of charges he faces includes dealing in methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, auto theft, resisting law enforcement with a vehicle causing serious risk to another person, resisting law enforcement and visiting/maintaining a common nuisance.

Bell also faces charges of driving while suspended with a prior unrelated violation, resisting law enforcement, reckless driving-high speed and criminal recklessness with a vehicle, according to a news release from Jackson County Sheriff’s Department Reserve Officer Scott Davis.

Bell was being without bond Monday at the jail.

The incident that led to Bell’s arrest began when he failed to stop for a traffic violation on County Road 1240E south of Seymour, Davis said.

Bell fled north on U.S. 31 with speeds reaching 100 mph, Davis said.

Bell then failed to make a turn onto County Road 1000E, drove into a field and then fled on foot. He was caught by Davis after running through a field into a wooded area west of County Road 1000E.

During a search, Davis said police found Bell to be in possession of a bag that contained methamphetamine, a digital scale and two cellphones. Bell also gave police conflicting information about the ownership of the vehicle, Davis said.

Davis was assisted by Crothersville Capt. J.L. McElfresh, county officers Ben Rudolph and Tyler Goodpaster and Seymour Officer Brian Proffet and Sgt. Jack Swindell.

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