Juvenile arrested after car chase in Bartholomew County

A 16-year-old boy was arrested after a weekend car chase in Bartholomew County.

The Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department says that at about 7:11 p.m. Saturday, a deputy tried to make a traffic stop north of West Lowell Road on US 31. Police say the vehicle was being driven by the juvenile, who was weaving in and out of traffic and nearly striking multiple other vehicles in his attempt to evade capture at speeds over 80 mph.

Authorities say that passengers inside the vehicle called 911 during the pursuit, stating that the driver would not pullover to let them out.

The vehicle turned west onto West County Road 500 N at a high rate of speed, causing it to go airborne. The driver then lost control and the vehicle landed in a nearby field.

While the passengers remained inside the vehicle, the driver fled on foot. He was located a short time later and taken into custody without incident.

Police say that multiple bags of marijuana were inside the vehicle.

The juvenile driver was remanded to the Youth Detention Center on preliminary charges of:

– Resisting Law Enforcement with a Vehicle
– Criminal Confinement
– Possession
– Reckless Driving

The two passengers were later released without charges.