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Details shed little light on driver's flight

Wednesday, December 31, 2003

- Puzzling police chase that began in Indianapolis ended near Brazil early Monday

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- A driver who led police on a 60-mile chase along Interstate 70 was stopped near Brazil after nearly an hour-long pursuit only when the drivers of two tractor-trailers blocked him from passing them.

David Gurley, 33, faces preliminary charges including resisting law enforcement, operating a vehicle with a suspended license and criminal recklessness. He was being held Tuesday in Marion County on $30,000 bail.

The chase began about 4:30 a.m. Monday when a Marion County sheriff's deputy patrolling Indianapolis's west side discovered that the license plate on a Buick was registered to a Chevrolet.

The deputy tried to stop the Buick, but the car headed onto I-70 traveling west. An Indianapolis patrolman and several other sheriff's deputies joined the pursuit.

Near Plainfield, Gurley swerved and avoided spiked sticks erected by a Plainfield police officer to cut the car's tires, but three sheriff's cars struck them, puncturing their patrol cars' tires.

The Indianapolis patrolman continued following Gurley, and two other sheriff's cars then joined the pursuit.

About an hour into the chase, with the cars in Clay County about 60 miles west of Indianapolis, two truckers who may have learned of the pursuit by CB radio pulled their rigs along side each other, slowing traffic and preventing Gurley from passing them.

Gurley lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a muddy field. Officers then used a police dog to subdue Gurley, who was cut when he climbed out of a smashed window in his car.

He told police he fled so far because he was wanted on a civil court warrant in Marion County for failing to pay child support.

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