High-speed chase of stolen car ends in Clark County

A man who stole a car Tuesday in Indianapolis so he could drive to Florida was arrested in Clark County after a high-speed pursuit, police report.

Marty S. Clark, 30, of Indianapolis, faces charges of possession of a stolen vehicle, resisting law enforcement by fleeing in a vehicle, leaving the scene of a property-damage wreck and reckless driving.

The incident that led to Clark’s arrest began when the Indiana State Police Versailles Post received a call from the Indianapolis Metro Police Department about a Chrysler 200 taken for a test drive from a car lot and not returned, according to a news release from Sgt. Jerry Goodin with the Indiana State Police.

That report, received shortly before 5 p.m. Tuesday, also included information that the stolen vehicle was southbound on Interstate 65 near Seymour, said Goodin, who is the Sellersburg Post’s public information officer.

Troopers from the both Sellersburg and Versailles state police posts reported finding the vehicle at a gas station in Austin in Scott County, Goodin said.

When troopers attempted to stop the car, it fled from troopers southbound on the interstate, he said.

As the vehicle was fleeing, it struck another vehicle, causing minor damage. While troopers and officers from other agencies pursued the vehicle south on the interstate, the driver was able to avoid five sets of stop sticks, and speeds reached a maximum of 140 miles per hour.

Near the 14.8-mile-marker in Clark County, troopers, other officers and a good Samaritan driving a box truck were able to trap the stolen vehicle in and force it to a stop, Goodin said.

He said Clark allegedly stole the vehicle so he could get to Florida.

Clark was booked into the Scott County Security Center in Scottsburg.