26-mile pursuit ends in Hillham-area arrest

From Local Sources

Skelton

HILLHAM — A 26-mile pursuit Thursday that started in Martin County ended with a Dubois County arrest.

The early afternoon incident began with a report to the Loogootee Police Department of a reckless driver coming into the city on U.S. 50 in a silver Jeep Cherokee. An officer who located the reckless driver said he almost struck two vehicles while turning south on U.S. 231.

The officer activated his emergency lights and siren but the driver continued south on U.S. 231 at speeds between 75 and 85 mph.

The pursuit continued into Haysville where the driver eluded spike strips and went east on State Road 56.

The driver, identified as Casey J. Skelton, 27, Lynnville, attempted to turn onto Cuzco Road but failed to make the turn and crashed into a ditch.

Police say Skelton exited the vehicle and placed a knife to his own throat. Officers told him to drop the knife but he refused, police said.

A Dubois County Sheriff’s Office deputy deployed his Taser stun gun, causing Skelton to drop the knife. He was then taken into custody.

Skelton was preliminarily charged with operating while intoxicated (test refusal), possession of methamphetamine, criminal recklessness, reckless driving, unlawful possession of a legend (prescription) drug, resisting law enforcement with a motor vehicle and resisting arrest with a deadly weapon.

Indiana State Police, the Martin County Sheriff’s Department, Department of Natural Resources conservation officers, the Dubois Volunteer Fire Department and Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services also assisted.




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