For The Record: 8/7August 7, 2014
LOOGOOTEE — Indiana State Police arrested a Huntingburg motorcyclist late Wednesday night after a high-speed pursuit in Martin and Dubois counties.
A trooper was patrolling U.S. 231 south of Loogootee when he observed a southbound sport bike traveling at what appeared to be a high rate of speed at 10:53 p.m. The trooper activated his radar, which indicated the motorcycle, later identified as a 1994 Yamaha FZ1, was moving at 71 mph in a 55 mph zone.
When the trooper activated his emergency lights and siren in attempt to initiate a traffic stop, the motorcycle accelerated. It continued south with speeds reaching as high as 115 mph.
After crossing into Dubois County and through Haysville, post command had the trooper terminate the pursuit.
Dubois County Sheriff’s Department deputies and Jasper Police Department officers activated their emergency lights as the motorcycle was observed entering Jasper in excess of 100 mph.
Authorities said the motorcycle turned west on 36th Street, and continued for less than a mile before stopping behind a residence at 1146 W. 36th St.
Jasper police took the driver, James Schepers, 21, of 104 N. Cherry Lane, Huntingburg, and an unidentified female passenger into custody until the trooper who began the pursuit arrived.
Schepers was transported to the Martin County Jail. State police are charging him with a Level 5 felony count of resisting law enforcement with a vehicle and misdemeanor counts of criminal recklessness and reckless driving.
The female passenger was released without charges, according to police.
Charges against Schepers in Dubois County may be pending as a result of the incident
A Uebelhor & Sons wrecker assisted.
JASPER — An unattended vehicle went for a ride of its own Wednesday afternoon in the 400 block of 43rd Street.
According to the Jasper Police Department, the 1:17 p.m. mishap involved a 2001 Toyota Avalon owned by Uebelhor & Sons that an unidentified party parked in a private drive at 392 W. 43rd St.
Police said the driver did not recall if he had put the Toyota in park when he left it. The Avalon’s gear selector was in drive when police found it.
Authorities said the car rolled backward to the southwest, crossed 43rd Street, turned west into the Knoll Ridge Apartments entrance and hit a garage wall at 411 W. 43rd St. owned by David and Angela Rahman of Newburgh.
Damage was estimated at $3,000 to the garage and $1,000 to the Toyota.
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