Brownstown police arrest North Carolina man after three-county pursuit

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A North Carolina man was arrested after a pursuit started in Brownstown and went into Lawrence and Monroe counties.

Alvin Lee Whitaker, 54, of Rocky Mount faces a charge of resisting law enforcement after Friday’s incident.

Brownstown Police Department Assistant Chief Joe Kelly said he attempted to make a traffic stop on a silver BMW SUV after he witnessed the vehicle passing other vehicles on Commerce Street in town. The driver failed to stop, and a pursuit was initiated.

The pursuit went into Lawrence County, where officers with that county’s sheriff’s department had stop sticks placed near the intersection of U.S. 50 and State Road 446. The vehicle struck the stop sticks and continued west on U.S. 50, Kelly said.

More Lawrence County officers and Indiana State Police troopers had stop sticks set up just west of Bedford. The suspect then turned onto a county road, and Lawrence County officers took over the pursuit due to pursuing officers not being familiar with the roads, Kelly said.

The pursuit made its way back to State Road 446, and the suspect turned north and continued into Monroe County, where the vehicle came to a stop at the intersection of Chapel Hill Road.

The suspect, identified as Whitaker, was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown, where he was booked in at 1:34 p.m. without bond.

Also assisting with the pursuit were Brownstown Officer Ryan Cherry and officers with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department.