Fleeing driver arrested on multiple charges

From Local Sources


JASPER — A man who recklessly fled from police was arrested and charged after a brief standoff early Saturday.

The incident began at 3:25 a.m. in the area of Clay Street and Wernsing Road when a Jasper Police Department officer observed a 2010 Ford F-150 fail to stop at a stop sign.

While attempting a traffic stop, the truck began to flee west on Division Road and the driver, later identified as John M. Hilgefort, 53, 4248 W. 200S, Jasper, committed multiple traffic violations, police reported. Police said the truck struck a mailbox near Division Road and County Road 400W.

The vehicle stopped at West Division Road and Stewart Road, and after what was described as a brief standoff, Hilgefort was taken into custody. While being placed in custody, Hilgefort allegedly pulled away from police, and at one point, lost his balance and fell to the pavement.

Hilgefort was transported by ambulance for treatment at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center. While there, he allegedly refused chemical testing to establish his level of intoxication.

Authorities booked Hilgefort into the Dubois County Security Center at 8 a.m. on preliminary charges of Level 6 felony resisting law enforcement and misdemeanor criminal recklessness, reckless driving, disorderly conduct, leaving the scene of an accident and operating while intoxicated (test refusal).

Police said Hilgefort was also cited for multiple traffic infractions.

Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services assisted.

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