Police deploy stun gun after Jasper pursuit

From Local Sources

JASPER — Police deployed a Taser stun gun after a pursuit early today that found a man and a woman taken into custody.


The 12:25 a.m. incident began when a Jasper Police Department officer observed a 1996 Oldsmobile Cutlass strike a curb in the area of 36th and Newton street.

Police say the Cutlass driven by Ashley M. Childress, 33, 1533 Vine St., Jasper, went left of center through the intersection and continued southbound on Newton Street at a high rate of speed.

Officers caught up with the car near 15th and Mill streets and attempted a traffic stop.

Police say that, after the officer initiated his car’s overhead lights, the Cutlass proceeded southbound on Mill Street, traveling in the wrong direction on the one-way route.

Childress is alleged to have driven erratically as police pursued the car for approximately six minutes. The pursuit ended at 12:32 a.m. when the Oldsmobile wrecked into a curb near 1600 Royal St.

Police who deployed a Taser stun gun to take Childress into custody said she had refused officers’ commands.

In addition to taking Childress into custody, passenger Andrew W. Lyon, 37, Loogootee, was also detained after it was learned he was wanted on a felony failure-to-appear warrant out of Martin County.

Childress and Lyon were lodged in the Dubois County Security Center. Childress is preliminarily charged with Level 6 felony counts of resisting law enforcement and criminal recklesness, plus a misdemeanor count of reckless driving. Police said Childress was issued multiple traffic citations and she was also found to be named in a felony warrant out of Orange County for possession of methamphetamine.

The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department, Indiana State Police and a Uebelhor & Sons wrecker assisted.

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