Chase weaves through 2 counties

Police car damaged in intervention maneuver to halt fleeing vehicle

A Jackson County man was jailed on felony charges Thursday after he was involved in a wreck on Interstate 65 and then led police on a chase through parts of two counties, police report.

Joel M. Hankins, 30, of Seymour faces charges of leaving the scene of an accident, reckless driving and resisting law enforcement after the incident that began with a two-vehicle crash in the northbound lanes of Interstate 65, one mile south of the Jonesville exit.

The person reporting that wreck said a motorist driving a silver 2003 Jeep Liberty had left the interstate at Jonesville and drove north on State Road 11, according to a news release from the Indiana State Police.

Sgt. Brian Wilson, who responded to that wreck with other officers, spotted the vehicle and tried to stop it near County Road 400S in Bartholomew County. The driver, later identified as Hankins, failed to stop.

Hankins continued north on State Road 11 until he reached Southern Crossing and then drove west on Southern Crossing to State Route 58 before traveling south back into Jackson County.

The pursuit came to an end after about 30 minutes at county roads 400W and 900N in Jackson County after Wilson initiated a pursuit intervention technique, which disabled Hankins’ vehicle. Wilson’s patrol car was damaged during the incident.

Hankins was arrested and booked into the Bartholomew County Jail in Columbus.

Wilson was assisted by other troopers with the Indiana State Police and officers with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department and Columbus Police Department.