PUTNAM COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Two people are in custody in Putnam County after shooting at a vehicle on I-70 and leading police on a high-speed chase near Clay County Monday night.
Robert J. Ballard, 31, and Megan S. Muse, 26, both of Indianapolis, were arrested following the incident that began when an Indiana State Police trooper was flagged down by a driver claiming to be shot at on the interstate.
Troopers spotted the suspect traveling westbound on I-70 and activated their emergency lights. Instead of stopping, the driver of the vehicle, later identified as Ballard, accelerated and drove off.
Ballard’s vehicle continued westbound, weaving across both lanes and reaching speeds of approximately 115 miles per hours.
As the pursuit approached the 23-mile marker of Interstate 70, additional troopers deployed two sets of STOP sticks on Interstate 70, directly into the path of Ballard’s vehicle. The vehicle struck both sets of STOP sticks with all four tires, flattening them.
The vehicle continued westbound with speeds being reduced to thirty-five miles per hour, driving on its rims until the sixteen-mile marker when it finally traveled into the median due to the Ballards’s inability to control the vehicle. Once at a complete stop, officers conducted a felony traffic stop taking both Ballard and Muse, who was a passenger in vehicle, into custody without incident.
Both were charged with criminal recklessness with a firearm, pointing a firearm, possession of a syringe and resisting law enforcement. Ballard faces additional charges for reckless driving.
The pair was taken to the Putnam County Jail.
The Clay County Sheriff’s Department and Brazil City Police Department assisted with the incident.