SUBJECT: Man’s Third Vehicle Pursuit Ends with his Arrest
RELEASE NUMBER: 2020-NR-011
CONTACT: Col. Noah Robinson / Sgt. Jeff South
AUTHORITY: Sheriff Dave Wedding
The Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a wanted felon who fled in a vehicle for the third time since 2017.
Sheriff’s deputies and Evansville Police officers assigned to the Joint Drug Task Force developed information that Mr. Bret Weir, who had active felony warrants, was living at a residence in Pleasant Ridge Subdivision. On Monday, February 10, 2020 at approximately 3:00 PM Weir was observed at the MotoMart convenience store located on Mariner Drive. Due to Weir’s previous history of fleeing from law enforcement, the decision was made to stop Weir at his residence after he arrived home.
As Weir arrived at his residence on Pleasant Ridge Drive, deputies pulled in behind his vehicle and attempted to block his escape. Instead of surrendering, Weir drove through a grass lot and was able to get back out onto the street. After a brief vehicle pursuit, Weir exited his vehicle and fled on foot. An Evansville Police canine apprehended Weir a short time later in a wooded area west of the trailer park.
Mr. Weir previously avoided arrest on November 06, 2019 after fleeing in a vehicle when an Evansville Police officer tried to stop him for a traffic violation. The Evansville Police and the Sheriff’s Office discontinued that pursuit when Mr. Weir’s driving became to dangerous to the public. A warrant for Resisting Law Enforcement as a Level 6 Felony was later obtained by the Evansville Police Department. Prior to this, Mr. Weir fled from a Sheriff’s Office deputy in September of 2017. Mr. Weir was in a stolen vehicle when he was stopped for reckless driving, but he evaded arrest after losing the pursing deputy near Alexander Memorial Cemetery.
Bret Wayne Weir (pictured above), 31, of Evansville. Resisting Law Enforcement as a Level 6 Felony, Resisting Law Enforcement as a Level 6 Felony (Warrant), Resisting Law Enforcement as a Level 6 Felony (Warrant), Reckless Driving as a Class C Misdemeanor (Warrant), Reckless Driving as a Class C Misdemeanor (Warrant), Conversion as a Class A Misdemeanor (Warrant)
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