Attempted traffic stop leads to pursuit and stolen motorcycle

A 40-year-old Jennings County man faces two Level 6 felony charges related to a pursuit and the recovery of a stolen motorcycle Wednesday in Butlerville, police report.

David E. Turner of Butlerville faces charges of resisting law enforcement and possession of stolen property in connection with an attempted traffic stop on U.S. 50 at State Road 3, according to a news release from Chief Deputy Dave Turner with the Jennings County Sheriff’s Department.

He reported Officer Thomas Mellencamp said he was on a routine patrol when he attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a motorcycle on U.S. 50 for a traffic infraction.

The motorcycle accelerated at a high rate of speed and began to flee while continuing to travel east on U.S. 50, police said.

After pursuing the motorcycle for a short time and reaching speeds exceeding 110 mph, Mellencamp terminated the pursuit for the safety of the rider on the motorcycle. Officers then lost sight of the motorcycle going into Butlerville.

Officers, however, stayed in the area to look for the motorcycle and found a man, later identified as Turner, walking through a yard.

Sgt. Cody Low also located a motorcycle parked in a driveway on Washington Street near the area where Turner had been seen walking. The bike was still warm to the touch and was later determined to have been stolen from Indianapolis.

While searching Turner, police found a key for the motorcycle in his pocket, police said.