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Slow-speed, lengthy police pursuit lands Indiana man in jail on DUI

Posted by on Saturday, June 15th, 2019 @ 11:04 am.

KNOX CO., Ind. - A Petersburg man is behind bars today after what was no doubt a ridiculous scene: After attempting to fight civilians following a crash, he led police on a 20-mph chase that lasted an hour and a half.

Indiana State Police said that early this morning (Saturday, June 15 at approximately 2:00 A.M.) Vincennes City Police responded to a vehicle crash where the driver was trying to leave the scene. 

The driver appeared to be intoxicated and attempted to fight civilians who were trying to stop him.  

When Vincennes  Police arrived on scene, the driver got back into his vehicle and fled, swerving at two Vincennes Police vehicles. Vincennes Police initiated a pursuit. Trooper Nicholas Hatfield was able to deploy stop sticks at the intersection of Willow Street and 14th Street, striking the left rear tire. 

The vehicle continued east on Willow Street and onto US 41 South. The vehicle then exited US 41 and  traveled several county roads throughout Knox County, mostly southbound.

Two other attempts at stop sticks failed to strike the vehicle. The vehicle would also swerve at police vehicles that were getting close to him.

Ultimately, the vehicle got onto 241 South which took it into the town of Decker. On 241 west of Decker the vehicle lost control and struck a telephone pole with the rear of the truck. The utility pole snapped and fell into the roadway, causing a Vincennes Police Officer’s patrol car to be covered by live power lines. Decker Fire and Duke Power Company where dispatched to assist the VPD officer who could not exit his patrol car due to power lines. (ISP noted here that Duke Power Company had a fantastic response time.)  

The truck continued through a field and got back onto 241 westbound. Gibson County had a deputy on 241 at US 41 with stop sticks deployed and struck the right rear tire. The vehicle got back on 41 and went south into Gibson County...which is where the vehicle finally became immobilized at Trippett Road just south of Steelman Road east of Hazelton.

 The driver was taken into custody at approximately 3:28 A.M. 

Joshua L. Hyneman

The suspect, identified as Joshua L. Hyneman, 36, of Petersburg, was transported to the Knox County Jail. 

The pursuit lasted approximately 1.5 hours.  The average speed was approximately 20 mph even on major roadways and there was very little traffic, ISP stated in a prepared statement.

Hyneman has been charged with Felony Resisting Law Enforcement with a Vehicle; Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated .15 or more (BAC tested .160) and OVWI Endangerment, both misdemeanor offenses; Reckless Driving, and two counts of Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Accident, the first in the city of Vincennes, the next on State Road 241), both misdemeanors.

ISP reports that Vincennes City Police worked the crash in Vincennes and Knox County Sheriff's Department worked the Crash in Decker.

Arresting Officer:  Trooper Nicholas Hatfield; Troopers:  Trooper Casey Boekman

                  Trooper James Manning               

Assisting Agencies: Knox County Sheriff’s Department, Gibson County Sheriff's Department, Vincennes City Police, Princeton City Police, Owensville Police, Decker Fire Department and Duke Energy.

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