Woman faces charges after pursuit

A 21-year-old woman faces at least four criminal charges stemming from an incident that started Thursday with police investigating an incident on the east side of Seymour.

Rachelle Danielle Blake of Seymour was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown on preliminary charges of leaving the scene of a personal injury wreck, criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon, battery against a public safety official engaged in official duty and neglect of a dependent.

Blake’s arrest stems from an incident that began when police responded to the 700 block of East Fourth Street in reference to a family disturbance, according to a news release from the Seymour Police Department.

During the investigation, Blake wanted to leave with her 9-month-old child, police reported.

Officers noticed the car seat wasn’t properly fastened in her vehicle and offered to install it for Blake correctly so she could leave, police said.

Blake became agitated and thought officers were going to take her child, so she got into the vehicle holding the child, police reported.

Blake backed the vehicle up while officers attempted to stop her. While backing, she struck Officer Sam Hughes, knocking him backward onto the ground, then fled the area, police said.

A pursuit was initiated and subsequently ended after Blake crashed her vehicle on U.S. 31.

The child sustained minor injuries and was transported to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour and later released to the care of the Jackson County Department of Child Services. Hughes also was transported to the emergency room, where he was treated for his injuries and later released.

Blake was booked into the jail at 5:51 p.m. and was being held without bond. The jail listed her with a North Vernon address.