North Vernon pursuit ends with crash into bucket truck


A 30-year-old man faces criminal charges as a result of an incident that ended in a crash Thursday morning in Jennings County.

Jarvie Trey Williams III, 30, of North Vernon was arrested on Class A misdemeanor charges of criminal recklessness and reckless driving and may face additional charges as the investigation into the incident continues, according to a news release from Sgt. Isaac Barkes.

Barkes, the public information officer for North Vernon Police Department, reported the incident that led to Williams’ arrest was reported at 9:02 a.m. Thursday. That’s when North Vernon officers along with personnel with North Vernon Fire Department and Rescue 20 were dispatched to State Road 3 and U.S. 50 in response to a report of a male passed out behind the wheel of a vehicle.

Capt. Todd Beam arrived on scene shortly after the firefighters and ambulance personnel and reported seeing a male leaned over in the driver’s seat of a small passenger car.

Firefighters and paramedics were attempting to wake the male driver, later identified Williams, when he suddenly woke and refused instructions to place the vehicle in park, police said.

Williams then left the scene, and drove away at a high rate of speed, Barkes reported.

Sgt. Lucas Newsom and Beam attempted to follow Williams, but lost sight of the vehicle on U.S. 50, west of State Road 3.

Beam then approached State Road 7 and U.S. 50 and saw that Williams had crashed into a Freightliner bucket truck which was stationary facing south on North State Road 7. None of the occupants of the bucket truck were injured in the collision.

Williams was detained and refused medical treatment on scene.

He was then booked into the Jennings County by jail officers.

Officers of the North Vernon Police Department investigated the crash with the help of officers with Jennings County Sheriff’s Department.

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