Seymour woman arrested after chase

Police: Resident stole vehicle, ran from authorities

A Seymour woman in a stolen vehicle led police on a chase through Seymour and Brownstown that ended near a golf course off State Road 135 early Thursday morning, police report.

Christy Mechelle Clayton, 31, faces charges of resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, auto theft and reckless driving after she fled the vehicle on foot and was caught by police.

The incident began at 1 a.m. Thursday when Seymour Officer Devlin McMindes attempted to conduct a traffic stop involving a stolen vehicle in the area of Tipton Street and Meadowbrook Drive on the east side of Seymour.

The driver, later identified as Clayton, fled southbound on Meadowbrook and out of city limits, police said. When she returned to city limits, police pursued her again, and the chase wound through city streets and into multiple yards before she drove out of the city again heading westbound on Newford Road on the city’s far west side.

Seymour officers Jim Handley and Jeremy Helmsing and Cpl. Devin Cornwell joined the pursuit, which headed southwest toward Brownstown on U.S. 50 and then south on State Road 135 toward Vallonia.

After the vehicle drove through a portion of the golf course, Seymour Officer Ben Miller put out Stop Sticks, which flattened the vehicle’s two front tires.

The vehicle slowed, left the roadway and came to a stop, police said.

That’s when Clayton fled on foot shortly before her capture.

John Olson, who is the PGA professional and superintendent at Hickory Hills, said the pursuit wound up taking Clayton and police on County Road 150W, which ends just short of the third hole at the course.

There was minimal damage after she drove onto the course and turned around, he said.

Clayton was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown at 1:39 a.m. Thursday and was being held without bond.

In 2013, Clayton, who lived in Campbellsburg, was arrested by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department on similar charges when she led police on a chase in Brownstown. After driving into a ditch, she fled on foot into a field and was caught and arrested by police.

She pleaded guilty to charges of resisting law enforcement, receiving stolen property and operating a vehicle while endangering a person and received a seven-year prison sentence in December 2013 in Jackson Circuit Court. According to the Indiana Department of Correction, her earliest scheduled released date was March 29, 2016.

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January Rutherford is a reporter for The (Seymour) Tribune. She can be reached at jrutherford@tribtown.com or 812-523-7069.