DATE: January 18, 2015
SUBJECT: Multi-County Vehicle Pursuit
RELEASE NUMBER: 2015-NR-007
CONTACT: Sergeant Rob Clark / Lt. Noah Robinson
AUTHORITY: Sheriff David Wedding
On Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 12:55am, Deputy Erik Nilssen with the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office initiated a traffic stop on a silver Chevy Malibu at Hwy 62 and the University Parkway. The vehicle fled from the deputy at a high rate of speed. The Sheriff’s Office pursued the vehicle into Posey County and then back into Vanderburgh County. Deputies deployed stop sticks at Hwy 66 and Vienna Road and then again at Hwy 66 and the University Parkway. Both sets of stop sticks deflated the vehicle’s tires, but the suspect vehicle continued southbound in the northbound lanes of the University Parkway.
The pursuit continued to Hwy 62, where the suspect went eastbound. Officers from the Evansville Police Department deployed stop sticks several more times, while the vehicle continued east on the Lloyd Expressway. The pursuit entered Warrick County and continued to the entrance of Alcoa, where multiple agencies attempted to deploy stop sticks.
Shortly thereafter, the suspect stopped on the shoulder of the roadway and fled, on foot, into a wooded area. Sheriff’s Office K-9 “Archi” was deployed into the woods and the suspect was apprehended. The suspect, who was the sole occupant of the vehicle, was identified as Mr. Mark Anthony Leroy.
Mr. Leroy was transported to a local hospital and treated for injuries he sustained while resisting arrest. Mr. Leroy was later booked into the Vanderburgh County Confinement Center on charges of resisting law enforcement, possession of a legend drug, criminal recklessness, reckless driving and driving while suspended.
Mark Anthony Leroy (pictured above), 28, of Mount Vernon. Resisting Law Enforcement as a Level 6 Felony, Resisting Law Enforcement as a Class A Misdemeanor, Possession of a Legend Drug as a Level 6 Felony, Criminal Recklessness as a Class A Misdemeanor, Reckless Driving as a Class B Misdemeanor and Driving while Suspended as a Class A Misdemeanor.