Foot chase ends in arrest

A Jennings County man was arrested after North Vernon police officers were led on a foot chase through snow and into a restaurant.

Gobel Wayne Marksberry, 30, of North Vernon, was booked into the Jennings County Jail on Saturday on a charge of resisting law enforcement by fleeing, a Class A misdemeanor.

Marksberry also is being held on an active warrant for failure to appear for a revocation hearing. He pleaded guilty to a Class D felony of unlawful possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance July 3 in Jennings Circuit Court stemming from an incident Feb. 21, 2014. He was sentenced to serve probation, according to court documents.

Police said the events that led to Marksberry’s arrest began around 10 p.m. Saturday when the North Vernon Police Department went to investigate a report of a suspicious person walking around a parking lot and an apartment on Henry Street in North Vernon, according to a news release.

Officers Lucas Newsom and Seth Beville and Sgt. Keith Messer with the North Vernon Police Department were investigating and talking to a person in one of the apartments when they saw a man kick the screen out of a side window and jump from it. He then began running away from the apartment, police said.

The officers ran after him through deep snow toward Tenn Oaks Plaza in the 1600 block of North State Street. He ran past a Save-A-Lot food store and entered a McDonald’s restaurant, where he ran through the lobby and exited out the other side, police reported.

The man then approached a truck in the McDonald’s parking lot and attempted to force his way in through an unlocked door, but he was repelled by the occupants of the vehicle. He then continued to run toward Country Chevrolet in the 1800 block of North State Street with the officers closing in on him, police said.

He finally stopped running and surrendered to the officers just before entering the auto dealership parking lot.

Marksberry was being held without bond Tuesday at the Jennings County Jail.