Man in high-speed I-64 pursuit charged here

From Local Sources


JASPER — A man who led police on a high-speed chase May 5 on I-64 has been charged locally.

Steven P. Coy, 44, Newburgh, was booked into the Dubois County Security Center at 3:29 a.m. Tuesday on a Dubois Circuit Court warrant charging him with Level 5 felony counts of attempted battery with a deadly weapon and intimidation with a deadly weapon and Level 6 felony counts of resisting law enforcement with a vehicle and criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon.

The incident began in Perry County when an Indiana State Police trooper observed an eastbound 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee traveling 109 mph in a 70 mph zone at the 79-mile marker, which is I-64’s Tell City exit.

The trooper conducted a traffic stop on the exit ramp but Coy, the driver, fled in the vehicle.

The chase on westbound I-64 went through Dubois, Spencer, Warrick and Vanderburgh counties before ending at the 18-mile marker when Coy lost control of his vehicle and crashed into an overpass embankment.

Coy was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Court documents state that, at the 62.5-mile marker in Dubois County, the Jeep swerved toward a Ferdinand Police Department officer as the officer deployed stop sticks. The officer fell while moving for cover and suffered injury, according to court documents.

The Jeep similarly swerved toward a trooper attempting to deploy stop sticks at the 55-mile marker in Spencer County.

Authorities believe Coy intentionally swerved toward the officers.

Coy is reported to have called state police dispatch during the pursuit to advise he was not stopping because he had too many OWIs, he had no license and he would rather die than go back to jail.

The Dubois County Sheriff’s Office brought Coy to the Dubois County Security Center Tuesday from Vanderburgh County.

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