Police pursuit ends in arrest

Staff reports

A pursuit that began with an attempted traffic stop in Seymour late Friday evening ended with the arrest of a 49-year-old man in the Uniontown area.

Brian Wayne Roberts of Seymour faces Level 6 felony charges of resisting law enforcement with a vehicle and possession of a handgun by a felon in connection with the incident that began at 11:45 p.m. Friday when Seymour Officer Ben Miller reported he was making a traffic stop at Tipton Street (U.S. 50) and U.S. 31.

The motorist in the vehicle, however, fled south on U.S. 31 at a high rate of speed, Miller said.

Speeds during the ensuing pursuit reached more than 90 miles per hour, Miller said. The pursuit ended when officers from other agencies including the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department and the Indiana State Police arrived in the Uniontown area, which is about nine miles south of Seymour.

Roberts decided to stop at that point and was taken into custody without incident, Miller said.

Roberts, who also faces a Class A misdemeanor charge of driving while suspended with a prior unrelated violation, was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown at 12:59 a.m. Saturday. He was being held without bond on Monday pending his initial hearing in Jackson Circuit Court.

Level 6 felonies are punishable by six months to two and a half years in jail upon conviction.

Seymour Officer Michael Payne also assisted with the pursuit.