Man arrested after police chase in Seymour

Seymour police arrested a Jackson County man following a 26-mile, 28-minute-long chase early this morning.

Gavin Morris Dutton, 23, of Seymour is facing Level 6 felony charges of possession of methamphetamine and resisting law enforcement with a vehicle and misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia, reckless driving (high speed), criminal mischief, criminal recklessness and operating while never having received a driver’s license.

According to a news release from the Seymour Police Department, Officer Ben Miller responded to a call reporting a suspicious driver near the 300 block of Parkland Avenue. Police said Miller was able to find the vehicle and identify the driver as Dutton.

Police said Miller knew Dutton to be unlicensed from a previous interaction, so he began to position his vehicle to make a stop. Dutton noticed Miller shifting, made a quick turn and rapidly accelerated away. Miller activated his lights and siren and tried to stop Dutton near Birch Street; however, Dutton failed to do so.

Miller initiated a chase, while Dutton continued to flee. According to police, Dutton violated multiple traffic laws while attempting to evade police.

Over the course of the chase, Dutton exceeded 70 miles per hour within city limits, disregarded stop signs, drove off road through property and drove the wrong way against traffic, police said.

Seymour officers Brandon White, Michael Payne, Jessiah Watts, Kevin Settle and Devlin McMindes joined the pursuit along with Indiana State Police troopers and Jackson County Sheriff’s Department officers.

Police said Dutton deflated a tire crossing over a concrete curb while McMindes deployed stop sticks in the area of East Brown Street, which deflated the other three tires. Dutton then struck a road sign at Brown and O’Brien streets, police said.

Dutton’s vehicle finally came to a stop in the front lawn of a home in the 600 block of South O’Brien Street. Police said Dutton refused to comply with them upon stopping and had to be removed from his vehicle.

Upon searching the vehicle, police said they discovered two glass pipes commonly used with illegal drugs and 2.9 grams of what was suspected to be methamphetamine. Police said they also discovered a plastic bag containing what was suspected to be marijuana, which Dutton threw from his vehicle during the chase.

Dutton was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown, where he is being held without bond.

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