Vehicle goes airborne during pursuit

From Local Sources


HUNTINGBURG — Police arrested a man Sunday hours after he fled from officers in a vehicle that went airborne at one point during the pursuit.

The incident that ended with the arrest of Austin D. Williams, 20, 613 E. Bretz St., Huntingburg, began at 1:46 a.m. on Main Street when Huntingburg Police Department officers attempted a traffic stop on a northbound Toyota that had failed to dim its headlights.

Police say a pursuit ensued when the vehicle failed to stop. The chase began on the northeast portion of the city with Williams allegedly disregarding signage, going left of center as the car swerved all over the road and driving the wrong way down Church Avenue.

While southbound on Van Buren Street, the vehicle went airborne at railroad tracks, landing approximately 90 feet from the crossing, according to police.

The vehicle pursuit ended on Bretz Street with Williams fleeing the scene on foot.

A female passenger left in the vehicle was checked by EMS and transported to Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center for treatment of injuries suffered during the pursuit, according to police.

Authorities said information obtained from multiple sources identified Williams as the driver and he was apprehended almost 12 hours later.

Williams was booked into the Dubois County Security Center at 1:07 p.m. on preliminary charges of Level 5 felony resisting law enforcement, Level 6 felony criminal recklessness and misdemeanor reckless driving and aggressive driving.

The Dubois County Sheriff’s Office, Indiana State Police, Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services, the Huntingburg Volunteer Fire Department and a KARS wrecker assisted.

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