Pursuit on 231 leads to arrest

A 24-year-old man from Jasper was arrested last week on multiple charges after a pursuit on US 231 in Spencer County.

According to Indiana State Police, Jasper Sergeant George Wooten was patrolling in northern Spencer County last Wednesday afternoon, August 26, when he measured the speed of a white Dodge traveling on US 231 at 95 mph. Sergeant Wooten attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the Dodge, but the driver allegedly disregarded the marked State Police patrol car with its emergency lights activated and initially sped away. The Dodge then stopped, and as Wooten approached the vehicle, the driver sped off. Wooten was eventually able to catch up to the Dodge at SR 62, at which point the driver allegedly stopped and fled once again. Wooten and Dale Town Marshal Scott Lanman then attempted to stop the vehicle as it sped north toward I-64.

Wooten and other officers pursued the Dodge onto eastbound I-64, with the driver exiting the interstate near the 57-mile marker and entering the eastbound rest area, where the driver allegedly exited the Dodge and fled on foot south into a field. Sergeant Wooten gave chase and was able to apprehend the driver a short distance from the rest area. The suspect was identified as 24-year-old Isiah Stokes of Jasper. Further investigation determined Stokes was wanted on warrants throughout Spencer County, in reference to probation violation, and Dubois County for Assault (Domestic Battery). Stokes was transported to the Spencer County Jail where he is facing additional charges, including a felony count of Resisting Law Enforcement in a Vehicle and misdemeanor counts of Resisting Law Enforcement on Foot, Possession of Marijuana and Reckless Driving. 

Sergeant Wooten was assisted by several troopers from the Jasper State Police Post, Dale and Santa Claus Police departments.  

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