Huntingburg man arrested after brief chase

By Herald Staff

CAMPBELLTOWN — A Huntingburg man was arrested Wednesday and charged with an OWI after a brief chase.

Wednesday afternoon, an Indiana State Police officer was patrolling south on State Road 61 in Campbelltown when a car drove left of center and almost struck his patrol car. The officer immediately made a U-turn and attempted to make a traffic stop. The driver, who was later identified as Bruce Phillips, 35, slowed to turn into a driveway but then drove around a tree and re-entered State Road 61 North.

Phillips then turned onto County Road 75 North where he drove into a cemetery before losing control and sliding down an embankment, where he then jumped out of his truck and ran into a nearby wooded area. Officers found him in the wooded area and arrested him without further incident.

Phillips displayed signs of impairment and failed field sobriety tests but refused to submit to a chemical test. He was taken to the Pike County Jail where he was being held on bond as of Thursday morning. A female passenger was not injured and was later released.

Phillips was charged with resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, a Level 6 felony; resisting law enforcement, a Class A misdemeanor; operating a vehicle while intoxicated with a prior conviction, a Level 6 felony; and had outstanding warrants out of Dubois and Pike counties.

The Pike County Sherriff’s Office, Petersburg Police, Winslow Town Marshal and Indiana Conservation Officers all assisted ISP.

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