A Perry County man is behind bars after leading state police on a chase and crashing his vehicle early Saturday.
Around midnight on Saturday morning, Indiana State Police say a motorist called 9-1-1 to report a white Ford Explorer weaving all over the road along Interstate 64 near the 88 mile marker. Police say the caller followed the vehicle as it exited off of I-64 and headed southbound on State Road 37 towards Tell City. There, a state police trooper attempted to stop the vehicle, driven by 23-year-old Stephen Curl of Cannelton, for going 88 mph in a 55 mph speed zone, but Curl refused to stop.
Police say the pursuit lasted for 35 miles and went along state roads and county roads. The pursuit finally ended when Curl, traveling northbound on 1st Street near Herzelle Street in Cannelton, swerved to miss a concrete barrier at Herzelle Street and collided with the flood wall.
Curl was not injured in the crash, but resisted officers as they attempted to arrest him. After Curl was taken into custody, officers found illegal drugs and drug paraphernelia both on Curl and in his vehicle.
Police say Curl submitted to a test for intoxication, where he tested positive for amphetamine, methamphetamine, opiates, and cannabinoids. Curl was lodged in the Perry County Jail without further incident.
Curl faces a Class D felony for resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, a Class B felony for possession of a Schedule 1 or 2 controlled substance, and Class A misdemeanors for operating while intoxicated and possession of drug parapherneila.
Indiana State Police were assisted in the pursuit by the Crawford County and Perry County Sheriff’s Offices and the Tell City and Cannelton Police Departments.