EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) – Police in Evansville say a suspected shoplifter led police officers on a 25-mile-long chase sometimes before she was arrested.
The chase began Tuesday evening after the car hit another vehicle on the city’s east side, then fled from officers on Interstate 164.
Police Sgt. Jason Cullum tells the Evansville Courier & Press (http://bit.ly/1xRUuz5 ) the 40-year-old female driver topped 100 mph and crossed the highway’s median from the northbound lanes into southbound traffic. She drove back into the city, where she stopped and was arrested.
Cullum says several items possibly stolen from a Wal-Mart were found inside the woman’s car. She faces preliminary charges including theft, resisting arrest, criminal recklessness and drug possession.
The driver blamed for a accident nearly three weeks ago north of Ferdinand that took the life of a Tell City woman and seriously injured a Ferdinand woman was taken into custody this morning.
Back on September 24th, Indiana State Police say 24-year old Brandon Chamberlain of Huntingburg, was traveling northbound on State Road 162, north of Ferdinand when police say he drove his heavy duty pick-up truck left of center, striking a southbound car driven by 60-year old Donna Marie Evans of Cannelton.
Police say the impact pushed Evans’s vehicle backwards and off of the east side of the roadway. Evans died as a result of her injuries.
As Chamberlain’s pick-up continued north, police say he could not maintain control of the vehicle and due to the violent dynamics of the crash, an ATV in the bed of Chamberlain’s truck became airborne and bounced through the windshield and roofline of an SUV, driven by 58-year old Donna Trafton of Ferdinand.
The Impact by the ATV shattered the windshield of Trafton’s SUV and peeled the roof back off of the vehicle before coming dislodged and landing in a driveway on the west side of the roadway. The SUV came to rest on a hillside, also on the west side of the roadway. Police say Trafton suffered two broken vertebrae in her neck.
Through a police investigation and crash reconstruction, police determined that Chamberlain was not only traveling northbound in the southbound lane, but was traveling 74 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone at the moment of the collision. Police also learned that Chamberlain was operating under the influence of alcoholic beverages.
Police have charged Chamberlain with two counts of Operating While Intoxicated Causing Death – one count for the OWI with a prior conviction and one count for OWI with a blood alcohol content higher than 0.15%, and Operating While Intoxicated Causing Serious Bodily Injury.
Chamberlain was booked into the Dubois County Security Center this morning.
A heavy round of thunderstorms dissipated as it hit our area yesterday evening.
The storms began moving into our area at around 7 o’clock yesterday evening. The system then stalled out a bit as rain continued to fall throughout the night and into the morning hours.
Dubois County Emergency Management Director Tammy Humbert tells WBDC News that the bulk of the storm travelled through the Haysville and Dubois areas. She says no major damage was reported anywhere in the county. Humbert says the highest wind gust reported by storm spotters was between 50 and 55 mph.
Now the system turned into more of a rainmaker as it entered Dubois County although Dubois, Spencer, and Warrick counties were under severe thunderstorm and/or tornado watches at some point throughout the evening.
Michael Wilhite is our weather partner with SouthernIndianaWeather.com. He says the rainy weather pattern of the last couple of days can be expected to continue for the foreseeable future:
Multiple weather maps have the majority of Dubois County (including Jasper and Huntingburg) with about an inch of rainfall overnight. Some areas to our south and east reported higher rain totals.
Progress has slowed a bit with the Huntingburg Airport’s new T-hangar project, though officials are pleased with the overall pace of the work.
Last night, airport manager Travis McQueen told the board that contractor WB Koester of Evansville has built the field up to final grade for the new hangar. However, McQueen says the rain has halted the project for the time being.
McQueen says all is well to this point. He also says the next portion of work on this project is now in site:
WB Koester’s work on this project is expected to cost more than 318 thousand dollars. Jasper Lumber’s work will come in at close to 308 thousand.
Also last night, McQueen gave the board another positive fuel report. He says activity at the airport has been on a steady upward trend throughout the year. The last 30 days have seen the airport acquire more than 25 thousand gallons of Jet A fuel.
McQueen says local pilots and folks coming in to the area to work with local businesses have been a driving force behind the growth:
McQueen says the airport believes it has been blessed with the business increase. He says airport officials remain hopeful that it continues.
A pair of Dubois County Leadership Projects are continuing to move forward in Jasper.
Jasper mayor Terry Seitz says the first of these is callboxes along the Riverwalk. That project was originally proposed by Josh Gunselman, who is a Jasper resident.
Now this project was originally started last year. The goal is to give folks along the Riverwalk the ability to call for law enforcement or other emergency help should an emergency situation arise.
Seitz says to this point, 3 of the call boxes have been installed and are active. He says a total of 6 boxes will be put up before all is said and done. Seitz says the goal is to keep the boxes out of the flood area and to avoid the rain during the installation process.
Seitz says seeing this project continue to grow is the product of many different individuals and organizations:
Now Seitz says the boxes will be spread out all across the river walk. The first 3 were installed along the bottom of the Riverwalk. The other 3 will be put along the upper portion of the trail.
The second project is the continuing efforts towards having a dog park in Jasper. Jasper resident Jill Cravener, who was the city’s 2014 designee for the DCLA, proposed the idea earlier this year.
Seitz says the new park is set to be located just north of Gutzweiler Park near the Buffalo Trace Golf Course. He says the fence framework for the park is already done.
Seitz says a lot of the credit for the project coming about goes to Cravener:
Seitz says the goal is to open the dog park in the spring of 2015.
The Vincennes University Jasper Campus will be playing host to an event aimed at getting folks to better understand Latino culture.
The VUJC Latino Cultures training is designed to help folks to understand the culture, customs, and rituals of the Latino community among other things. This will be done through group exercises and an interactive hands-on approach.
Now the hands-on approach will allow participants to transfer their knowledge and learning into tangible understanding of Latino culture. Participants will also learn to “Think Latino” and have the needed skills and tools to anticipate certain behaviors in order to build and promote healthier relationships and trust among the local Latino population.
The cost for this course is 69 dollars. It will be held from 8 am til noon on November 14th in the Center for Technology, Innovation, and Manufacturing at VUJC. The event is being facilitated by Maura Robinson. Robinson also coordinated a Latino summit in Huntingburg back in May.
To register, you can call Jim McFaul at 481-5937. You can also email him at jmcfaul at vinu.edu.
The Jasper Police Department is investigating yet another vehicle theft.
The department says a green 1998 Pontiac Grand Prix was stolen from Arlington Court early this morning. Police say the keys had been left in it. The car was found later this morning. It was wrecked into a ditch on County Road 175 East which is northeast of the city. This is the 4th vehicle theft to be reported in Jasper over the last month.
Jasper Police and the Community Strike Force Against Crime are offering a 15 hundred dollar reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for this theft.
Anyone who has any information is asked to call the Jasper Police Department at 482-2255. You can also call the department’s anonymous tip line at 481-COPS.