Police chase man from Seymour to Jennings County, second pursuit this week

Barrett Boyd
Barrett Boyd

A 45-year-old man was arrested on six criminal charges early Tuesday morning after he fled Seymour police into Jennings County.

Barrett Boyd of Deputy faces a Level 4 felony charge of possession of a firearm by a violent felon and Level 6 felony charges of resisting law enforcement while driving causing a substantial risk of injury to another person and criminal recklessness with a vehicle.

Boyd, who was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown at 7:42 a.m. Tuesday, also faces three Class A misdemeanors of reckless driving at a high speed, driving while suspended and resisting law enforcement.

The charges stem from an incident in which Boyd fled police after Seymour Officer Ben Miller tried to conduct a traffic stop for driving while suspended on U.S. 50.

Police said Boyd, who was driving a 2000 white Chevrolet S-10, fled from that stop on U.S. 50 at 12:57 a.m.

Speeds exceeded 100 miles per hour during the chase, which ended after Boyd drove 11½ miles into Jennings County, Seymour Capt. Carl Lamb said.

“They hit 100 miles per hour several times, and he refused to stop,” he said.

The chase ended south of County Road 500S in Jennings County, Lamb said.

At that point, a crash occurred, and Boyd fled into a wooded area on foot, Lamb said.

Sgt. Allen Ritchie with the Jennings County Sheriff’s Department and K-9 Vampir assisted with the attempt to locate Boyd after that crash.

Vampir tracked Boyd a mile through a wooded area before finding him, police reported.

After being caught, Boyd was treated at the scene by Rescue 20 medical personnel and later was to taken Schneck Medical Center in Seymour for observation.

Police found a handgun and a .223 rifle in his vehicle, Lamb said.

A Level 4 felony carries a sentence between two and 12 years with an advisory sentence of six years upon conviction.

The incident follows a chase just more than 24 hours prior that began in Seymour and also ended in Jennings County.

In that incident reported at 8:18 p.m. Sunday, Lamb said two men fled police after Officer Crystal Schapson attempted to stop them near Outlet Boulevard and Tipton Street.

Lamb said the vehicle, a two-door white Volkswagen GTI hatchback with a black hood and hatch, had a truck license plate instead of a plate for a passenger car.

During that chase, speeds reached between 130 and 140 miles per hour, he said.

Schapson later lost the driver after he turned onto County Road 750W in Jennings County and then onto a gravel road in western Jennings County. Lamb said there were at least two people in the vehicle, but Schapson was unable to determine if there were back-seat passengers.

Anyone with information about that incident should call the Seymour Police Department at 812-522-1234.