High-speed chase ends in arrest

By Herald Staff

HUNTINGBURG — An overnight high-speed chase on First Street resulted in a Huntingburg man being arrested for drunk driving and resisting arrest.

Jason K. Cooper, 34, 918 Windsor Court, was arrested at 4:48 a.m. Monday for resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, operating a vehicle while intoxicated with a blood-alcohol content greater than .15% (BAC .217%) and operating a vehicle while intoxicated endangering a person.

Huntingburg Police were patrolling in the area of First and Main streets and checked the license plate of a Jeep Commander in the vicinity. The plate came back as being registered to another vehicle, police said. The officer turned on his police lights to stop the vehicle. Instead of stopping, the driver, identified as Cooper, sped eastbound on First Street, going between 70 and 75 miles per hour, police said.

The vehicle went off the roadway twice, once on the north side of the roadway and once on the south side of the roadway, police said. Cooper failed to navigate a turn on East First Street and ran off of the road, striking an embankment and coming to a rest in a ditch.

Police ordered Cooper out of the vehicle but got no response. Police approached the Jeep and found Cooper unconscious and slumped over the wheel, with his foot still on the gas pedal, police reported.

Memorial Emergency Medical Service was called. Cooper regained consciousness, and was taken to the hospital for minor injuries. After a search warrant was obtained, testing was done and Cooper’s blood-alcohol content was found to be higher than the legal limit, police reported.

After being released from the hospital, Cooper was lodged in the Dubois County Security Center.

Huntingburg Police were assisted on scene by the Dubois County Sheriff’s Office, Huntingburg first responders, Memorial EMS and Sternberg’s Wrecker Service.




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