Fleeing SUV strikes Boonville business

From Local Sources


BOONVILLE — Police say a fleeing SUV struck a Boonville business Thursday evening in an incident that resulted in a Spencer County man’s arrest.

An Indiana State Police trooper said the incident started at 7:20 p.m. when he spotted a Chevrolet TrailBlazer with an improper registration.

The trooper attempted a traffic stop, which resulted in the driver turning into a McDonald’s restaurant.

The motorist, later identified as Joshua Taylor, 37, of Lamar, drove around the restaurant twice before exiting the lot and heading east on Locust Street, according to police.

Taylor drove at 45 mph in a 30 mph zone until nearly striking another vehicle that had stopped in the right lane at Locust and Second streets.

When Taylor swerved to avoid the stopped vehicle, police said, he lost control of the TrailBlazer.

The TrailBlazer left the south side of the road, slid through a post office parking lot and struck a light pole and the business building at 204 W. Locust St.

Police said several people were in the building but none were hurt.

After the crash, Taylor allegedly put the vehicle in reverse to attempt to leave the scene, but police said the SUV was disabled.

Taylor was taken into custody by police who discovered his driver’s license was suspended. A search of the vehicle also revealed multiple smoking pipes.

Authorities booked Taylor into the Warrick County Jail on preliminary charges of Level 6 felony criminal recklessness and resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, plus misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia, reckless driving and driving while suspended.

The Boonville Police Department and Warrick County Sheriff’s Office assisted.

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