Gibson County standoff ends in arrest

From Local Sources


OWENSVILLE — A Gibson County man faces multiple preliminary charges after a standoff with law enforcement Monday night east of Owensville.

Gibson County’s 911 center received a report at 8:56 p.m. of a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado sitting in the middle of the roadway at Gibson County roads 550S and 125W, according to the Gibson County Sheriff’s Office.

A caller reported the vehicle was obstructing the roadway and that they were not able to pass the vehicle safely. Police said a plate was provided by the caller and it was discovered that the vehicle was owned and possibly driven by 27-year-old Zachary A Garrett of Owensville.

A deputy and an Indiana State Police trooper arrived and confirmed that Garrett was inside and operating the vehicle. At that point, police said, they began a high risk traffic stop to have Garrett exit the vehicle due to prior law enforcement encounters in the county that involved firearms and erratic behavior.

After being given several loud, verbal and repetitive commands by law enforcement officers on scene, police said, Garrett failed to obey lawful commands to exit the vehicle.

At that point, police said, a deputy deployed numerous pepperball rounds in and about the cab. Garrett still refused lawful repetitive commands and remained in the truck.

Police said a trooper deployed his K-9 unit to bring Garrett into compliance. Once he exited the truck, police said, he was taken into custody and transported to Gibson General Hospital for medical treatment.

Once he was medically cleared, Garrett was booked into the Gibson County Jail on preliminary charges of felony resisting law enforcement with a vehicle and intimidation of a police officer, plus misdemeanor obstruction of traffic.

Garrett is currently being held on a $750 bond and the investigation is ongoing.

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