DATE: Monday, January 7, 2019
SUBJECT: Deputies Pursue Stolen Vehicle Until Driver Surrenders at State Line
RELEASE NUMBER: 2019-NR-003
CONTACT: Lt. Mark Rasure
AUTHORITY: Sheriff Dave Wedding
The Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office makes it common practice to patrol residential and commercial properties around the clock as part of Sheriff Wedding’s proactive stance on deterring criminal activity. During the early morning hours of Monday, January 7th, 2019 a Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office K-9 handler was checking the businesses located along Pearl Drive when he located a stolen 1998 Honda Accord leaving the west side Walmart store. When the deputy attempted to stop the vehicle the driver decided to flee and a pursuit ensued. The suspect fled at speeds upward of 90 mph as it continued west on the Lloyd Expressway into Posey County. The Mount Vernon (IN) Police Department and the Posey County Sheriff’s Office joined in the pursuit as the stolen Honda fled through their jurisdictions. Fortunately for everyone involved the driver of the stolen Honda, Shawn Young, decided to pull over and surrender to deputies near the Illinois state line.
After being taken into custody Young told deputies that she was unaware that the vehicle was stolen, but confessed to fleeing due to having outstanding arrest warrants from Perry County and Warrick County for felony charges. Shawn Young was arrested for automobile theft, resisting law enforcement in a vehicle, reckless driving and for the outstanding warrants. Young was alone in the vehicle at the time of the incident.
Arrested: Shawn Young, 41, of Boonville, IN is being held in the Vanderburgh Couny Jail without bond.
Presumption of Innocence Notice: The fact that a person has been arrested or charged with a crime is merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.