Vehicle pursuit leads to arrest in North Vernon


A Jefferson County woman faces multiple charges after a vehicle pursuit led to her arrest Thursday in North Vernon.

Cara Ross, 50, of Madison faces Level 6 felony charges of resisting law enforcement with a vehicle and criminal recklessness with a vehicle and Class C misdemeanor charges of reckless driving and failure to identify, following an incident Thursday evening.

At 8:46 p.m., city officers reported witnessing the driver of a Toyota pickup truck driving recklessly while traveling northbound on State Road 7, according to a news release from Sgt. Andrew Richmond.

After almost causing another vehicle to crash, an officer activated his emergency lights and siren and caught up to the pickup, Richmond said.

Richmond said the officer recorded speeds at about 85 mph, and after catching up to the truck and attempting to signal it to stop, the driver, later identified as Ross, began to wave an obscene finger gesture out of the window at the officer.

After requesting assistance, officers with Jennings County Sheriff’s Department deployed a tire-deflating device in the area of County Road 500N, Richmond said. The pickup’s tires were then disabled and stopped just before County Road 800N, and Ross was taken into custody, he said.

Richmond said that police determined Ross, who initially gave a false identity to officers, was not intoxicated during the incident.

Ross was transported to the Jennings County Jail.

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