Habitual traffic violator arrested after brief chase

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FARMERSBURG, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – The Farmersburg Marshall’s Office reports two people were arrested Monday following a vehicle chase on US-41 from Sullivan County into Vigo County.

Around 1:00 p.m. on Monday afternoon, a Farmersburg Police officer was sitting in front of Northeast North Elementary School running school-zone traffic when he saw a grey Dodge Ram pickup traveling 36 mph in a 15 mph zone. The officer initiated a traffic stop at US-41 and Main Street in Farmersburg.

After speaking with the two people in the vehicle, the officer became suspicious of criminal activity. When the officer asked for the occupants’ driver’s licenses, the driver accelerated away from the scene, nearly running over the officer’s foot.

A pursuit began northbound on US-41 to Harlan Drive in southern Vigo County at rates of about 95 mph. The pursuit continued east on E Harlan Drive in southern Vigo County.

During the pursuit, police saw items being thrown from the fleeing vehicle. Assisting officers were able to locate the items being thrown. The pursuit ended near E Harlan Drive and McDaniel Road when the driver fled into a cornfield.

The passenger was later tracked down and taken into custody by law enforcement. Both the driver and passenger were taken into custody on numerous charges and brought to the Sullivan County Jail.

The driver was identified as Dustin Petrosky, 39, of Terre Haute. He was charged with:

  • Resisting law enforcement with a vehicle
  • Operating as a habitual traffic violator
  • Maintaining a common nuisance
  • Possession of precursors, which are ingredients to manufacture methamphetamine.
  • Reckless driving
  • Speeding in a school zone

The passenger, Linda Brown, 61, of Terre Haute was charged with the following:

  • Possession of precursors
  • Visiting a common nuisance
  • Littering

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