Madison man arrested after pursuit ends in Seymour

A 29-year-old Jefferson County man who led police on a three-county chase Thursday night was arrested on Seymour’s east side after his motorcycle ran out of gas.

Patrick M. Marthin, 29, of Madison, faces a Level 6 felony charge of resisting law enforcement and other charges of aggressive driving, reckless driving and possession of a narcotic drug. He also faces citations for several traffic and vehicle violations.

The incident that led to Marthin’s arrest in Seymour began when Madison Officer Brandon Decker said he spotted Marthin operating a motorcycle on Clifty Drive, according to a news release from the Madison Police Department.

Decker found out through dispatch that Marthin did not have a valid driver’s license and the motorcycle registration was not valid.

Based on those violations, Decker said he attempted to stop the motorcycle at Harry Nichols Drive and Clifty Drive.

Once the traffic light turned green, Patrick ignored commands to stop, Decker said, beginning a pursuit that continued west on Clifty Drive and then west onto State Road 256 toward Austin in Scott County.

Hanover police and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department joined the pursuit at that point.

Marthin continued west on State Road 256 at speeds of approximately 80 mph, police said.

The motorcycle then entered Scott County, and officers with Scott County Sheriff’s Department joined the pursuit.

They later were joined by Austin officers when Marthin drove through that city and entered the northbound lanes of Interstate 65.

At that time, the Madison, Hanover and Jefferson County officers ended their role in the pursuit, allowing officers from Scott County departments to continue it along with Indiana State Police troopers.

Officer Jesse Hutchinson with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department also joined the pursuit, reported to that department at 10:17 p.m.

Troopers eventually stopped the motorcycle in Seymour and detained Marthin until Decker arrived. Seymour Officer Brandon White and others also were involved in the arrest, which occurred on Tipton Street under the Interstate 65 overpass.

During an interview, Decker said Marthin told investigators he fled police because he was afraid he would be shot. Patrick also stated his motorcycle had mechanical issues and could not exceed 80 mph.

Marthin stopped the motorcycle because he ran out of gas, police said. He was booked into the Jefferson County Jail and was found to be carrying hydrocodone, a controlled substance, during the book-in process. He did not have a prescription for the pills, police said.

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Aubrey Woods is editor of The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at awoods@tribtown.com or 812-523-7051.