DATE: Friday, April 17, 2020
SUBJECT: Donutting Drunk Driver Dares to Ditch Deputies
CONTACT: Major Mark Rasure or Sergeant Korey Chapman
AUTHORITY: Sheriff Dave Wedding

Shortly after 03:00 AM on April 17, 2020 a Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s deputy observed a blue 2005 Dodge Dakota with no headlights on doing “donuts” in a parking lot near University Drive and Rosenberger Avenue. As the deputy attempted to make a traffic stop, the driver ignored the deputy’s emergency equipment and fled at a high rate of speed.

The vehicle drove over a curb and attempted to drive down a steep embankment which caused it to roll over onto its passenger side. The deputy was able to get the driver out of the vehicle and placed him into custody. Once in custody the driver was transported to a local hospital for minor injuries.

During the course of the investigation the driver, identified as Jacob Randall Nugent, was found to be under the influence of alcohol. Once Nugent was treated for the minor injuries he was transported to the Vanderburgh County Jail.

Arrested: Jacob Randall Nugent (pictured above), 24, of Evansville, Indiana has been charged with: Resisting Law Enforcement as a Level 6 Felony, OMVWI as a Class A Misdemeanor, Criminal Recklessness as a Class B Misdemeanor, Violation of State Emergency Order as a Class B Misdemeanor, Reckless Driving as a Class C Misdemeanor, Operating a Motor Vehicle Without Proof of Insurance with a Prior Conviction as a Class C Misdemeanor and Driving on a Suspended License as an Infraction.

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