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ISP: Trucker leads trooper on 20 mile pursuit on I-65

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A trucker was arrested Friday after leading a trooper on a 20-mile pursuit on I-65, the Indiana State Police said.

According to police, at 10:54 a.m. the ISP received a report of a reckless semi bobtail--a trailerless tractor--southbound on I-65 near the Lowell exit, where a witness said it nearly struck several barrels in a construction zone. Some minutes later it was reported again, 16 miles to the south, at the 224 mile marker, at which time Master Trooper Glen Fifield took up a position at the 218 mile marker.

As the tractor approached him from the north, police said, Fifield observed it run off the roadway onto the right shoulder, travel over the rumble strips, weave, and then lurch left back across the roadway. Fifield activated his siren and emergency lights and proceeded to follow the tractor, which continued southbound at speeds of 62 to 65 miles per hour in a zone posted at 70 mph, police said.

During the pursuit, southbound motorists “saw what was happening and stayed behind Fifield’s police car,” police noted. And “because the semi was going slower than the posted speed limit, no traffic was near the semi during this encounter.”

Meanwhile, Trooper Kim Zelnis, driving a fully marked squad car, was able to catch up to Fifield and position herself in front of the tractor with her lights and siren activated, police said. “Zelnis at one point was waving out her driver’s window to get the semi driver to comply and pull over, (instructions) which he ignored and continued to disregard,” police said.

At the 205 mile marker Zelnis deployed stop sticks, which the trucker “deliberately avoided,” police said. Master Trooper Martin Benner, off duty at the time but hearing of the pursuit, deployed his own stop sticks at the 203 mile marker, which succeeded in deflating one of the tractor’s front tires, police said.

The tractor finally stopped at the 198 mile marker in White County and its driver, identified as William E. Tumey, 38, of Martinsville, Ind., was transported to hospital in Rensselaer for a blood draw, police said. The results of that draw are pending.

Tumey was charged with resisting law enforcement with a vehicle and issued multiple citations, police said. He was being held at the Jasper County Jail.



Posted 9/24/2018




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