Man arrested after car pursuit

Police believe drugs are factor in incident

A Seymour man was arrested for leading police on a vehicle chase early Saturday morning before crashing his vehicle in an east-side neighborhood and then fleeing on foot.

The incident began around 4:15 a.m. Saturday morning when Sgt. Mike Cooper with Seymour Police Department attempted to stop a vehicle traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes of East Tipton Street near Interstate 65.

The vehicle came to a stop initially, but then took off as Cooper exited his police car, according to reports.

Cooper pursued the vehicle westbound to the area of East Tipton and Bush streets, where Seymour Officer Devlin McMindes was able to deploy stop sticks, which slowed the vehicle down.

The pursuit continued to the 100 block of East Oak Street, where the driver, 20-year-old Cody Hurley, lost control of the vehicle, rolling it along the railroad tracks, police said.

Hurley exited the vehicle and fled on foot, running northbound along the tracks before being caught by police and taken into custody in the 100 block of West Laurel Street.

He faces preliminary charges of resisting law enforcement by vehicle, resisting law enforcement on foot, driving while never receiving a license, reckless driving (speed) and leaving the scene of a property damage accident.

Drugs are believed to be a factor in the incident and additional charges are likely, police said.

Sgt. Cooper was assisted by Seymour Corporal Devin Cornwell and officers Ryan Cherry and Jim Handley.

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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.