Pursuit leads to man’s arrest

Tribune staff reports

A 26-year-old man who fled police first by vehicle and then on foot was arrested on three charges Tuesday evening near Seymour.

Luke Spencer Newkirk of Seymour faces charges of resisting law enforcement with a vehicle creating a substantial risk of bodily injury to another person, a Level 6 felony; operating a vehicle while being a habitual traffic violator, a Level 5 felony; and disorderly conduct, a Class A misdemeanor.

According to a report from Jackson County Sheriff’s Department Reserve Officer Scott Davis, the arrest of Newkirk began after Davis attempted to stop a motorist in a Chevrolet sport utility vehicle for speeding about 7:30 p.m. on County Road 950E, just south of the Seymour city limits.

The motorist would not stop and fled east on County Road 475N before turning south onto Ashwood Drive, Davis said.

At that point, the motorist drove onto the sidewalk and into a yard in the 4000 block of Ashwood Drive, where he jumped out of the vehicle and fled on foot, Davis said.

The driver ran around a house before entering it through the front door, Davis said.

Davis said he then pursued the driver, later identified as Newkirk, into the house and arrested him in a bedroom.

Newkirk was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown and was being held without bond pending his initial hearing.

County Officer Rick Meyer and Seymour officers assisted with the investigation.