Police jail driver who fled, resisted

From Local Sources


JASPER — Police responding to a weekend report of a driver all over the roadway allege the suspect refused to stop and then struggled with the officer who ultimately arrested him.

The Jasper Police Department received a report from a concerned motorist at 6 p.m. Saturday stating a westbound vehicle coming into Jasper on State Road 164 was all over the roadway, crossing the centerline and traveling off the side of the roadway.

Police say the vehicle, a 2000 Ford Crown Victoria, was located on Meridian Road, at which time it turned west onto 15th Street and ran off the roadway while making the turn.

The car crossed over the centerline and the officer attempted to make a traffic stop but the driver, later identified as Jesus C. Perez, 42, 2482 Terry Lane, Jasper, fled. He accelerated to 65 mph in the 25 mph zone, according to police.

Perez continued westbound on 15th Street until abruptly stopping at 15th and Leopold streets.

The officer who approached the Ford noted both occupants appeared to be reaching for something and failed to show their hands when ordered to do so. The stop progressed to the point where the officer had a short struggle with Perez, who was reported to have repeatedly tried to pull away from the officer while in the process of being handcuffed outside the car. Both the driver and a passenger were taken into custody, although the passenger was later released.

Perez allegedly indicated he had not initially been aware of the traffic-stop attempt and had not understood what was being asked of him by the officer.

Authorities booked Perez into the Dubois County Security Center at 8:38 p.m. on a preliminary Level 6 felony count of resisting law enforcement with a vehicle and a preliminary misdemeanor count of resisting law enforcement. Perez was also ticketed for no insurance and for speeding. He posted bond later Saturday night.

The car was towed by a Sternberg Automotive Group wrecker because it was not covered by insurance, according to police.

The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department also assisted.

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