Downtown pursuit nets arrest of man Tuesday morning

A Jefferson County man faces auto theft and resisting law enforcement charges after leading police on a brief chase early Tuesday morning in downtown Seymour.

The pursuit ended with the arrest of Eric Scott Long, 37, of Deputy near the old city police station at Third and Chestnut streets, Assistant Police Chief Craig Hayes said.

That’s where Long fled on foot after crashing a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu that had been reported stolen to the Scottsburg Police Department earlier in the morning, Hayes said.

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“They (Scottsburg police) were still entering information about it,” he said of the stolen vehicle.

A Scottsburg city employee, however, spotted someone driving the car east on Tipton Street in Seymour and reported it to Seymour dispatch at 8:29 a.m.

Hayes said Long turned north on Walnut Street and was spotted near Second Street by Officer Bart Bevers.

“And the chase was on,” Hayes said.

The pursuit went east on St. Louis Avenue, a one-way street going west, and then north on Indianapolis Avenue, a one-way street going south.

Long than cut through the parking lot of Voss Funeral Service to Chestnut Street and headed south on Chestnut. Shortly after that, the vehicle left the west side of the street and jumped the curb, hitting a bench between city hall and the post office at Third and Chestnut streets.

The driver then fled on foot and was arrested by other city officers, Hayes said.

“It lasted about five or six minutes,” he said of the pursuit.

Auto theft is a Level 6 felony, punishable by six months to two and a half years in prison if convicted. Resisting law enforcement is a Class A misdemeanor.

Long, who also faces a Class A misdemeanor charge of reckless driving at high speed, was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown at 10:05 a.m. Tuesday without bond pending his initial hearing in Jackson Circuit Court.