Two arrested after police pursuit


A Medora couple were arrested Tuesday after being involved in a pursuit stemming from an incident on the west side of Seymour, police report.

Jesse James Acton, 31, faces charges of resisting law enforcement, agricultural mischief, operating while never having received a license, criminal mischief and reckless driving. He also was arrested on an outstanding Jackson County warrant.

T. Acton
T. Acton

His wife, Tayana Lanae Acton, 27, was arrested for resisting law enforcement and possession of marijuana.

The incident began when Jackson County Sheriff’s Department Detective Mark Holt received a call at 4:38 p.m. regarding a possible road rage or criminal mischief incident occurring on U.S. 50 near Sterling Road in Seymour, according to a news release from Sheriff Rick Meyer.

The driver of a black Ford Mustang reportedly involved in the incident pulled into the parking lot of a business on West Tipton Street, Meyer said.

Holt arrived in the area at about the same time and activated his emergency lights to stop the vehicle, but the driver, later identified as Jesse Acton, failed to stop and pulled away.

Meyer said Holt pursued Acton on several roads on the southwestern side of Seymour.

Eventually, Acton drove down South Poplar Street to a dead end and went off of the roadway into several yards. He then drove onto South Walnut Street and headed south of city limits.

On State Road 11 near County Road 100N, Acton pulled into a farm lane and went off of the roadway into a soybean field and then into a cornfield.

He then hit a small ditch, and the car was disabled. The Actons fled the vehicle into a nearby woods, and police set up a perimeter in an attempt to capture the pair.

Once a perimeter was established, county Sgt. Ben Rudolph arrived with K-9 Nyx.

The dog was able to locate the Actons lying in thick weeds in a wooded area, leading to their arrests.

Others assisting involved in the pursuit and arrests of the Actons include county officers Brad Barker, Cy Moss, Clint Burcham, Zach Elliott and county Chief Deputy Dustin Steward, Jackson County Special Deputy and School Resource Officer Keith Williams and Indiana Conservation Officer Rob Klakamp.

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