DATE: Thursday, May 23, 2019
SUBJECT: Evansville Man Attempts to Flee from Deputies
CONTACT: Lt. Mark Rasure
AUTHORITY: Sheriff Dave Wedding

Shortly before 8:00 PM on 5/22/19 a Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s deputy attempted to stop a red Chrysler Sebring in the area of Forest Avenue and Sonntag Avenue for several moving violations and for having an expired registration plate. Rather than stopping, the driver of the vehicle fled from the deputy in his vehicle. At one point during the pursuit the driver of the vehicle, later identified as James Reed, slowed in order to let a passenger out of his vehicle in the area of Lemcke Avenue before continuing to flee. 

The Evansville Police Department and Indiana State Police joined the Sheriff’s Office in pursuit of Reed. As the pursuit progressed into the Jacobsville neighborhood, Reed crashed his vehicle into two unoccupied vehicles near Maryland Street and Read Street. After crashing, Reed fled on foot, but ended up surrendering as he was being tracked by a Sheriff’s Office K9.

Reed was later discovered to be a habitual traffic violator. He was arrested and booked for several charges related to the pursuit including resisting law enforcement, reckless driving, leaving the scene of a collision, as well as for being a habitual traffic violator. 


Imaged above: James Reed, 32, of Evansville  

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