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A Pennsylvania man faces numerous charges following a high-speed chase that began on I-70 in Putnam County and ended in Parke County early Thursday
Derek Jay Quick, 23, Ligonier, Pa., was arrested by Putnam County Sheriff's Deputy Dwight Simmons on preliminary charges of neglect of a dependent child, child endangerment, criminal recklessness with a motor vehicle, resisting arrest by fleeing, reckless driving and possession of marijuana under 30 grams.
At about 2:50 a.m., Deputy Simmons saw a vehicle driving erratically on westbound I-70 near the 40-mile marker. When Simmons tried to stop the car, the vehicle fled traveling at speeds of 90 to 110 mph on a road that was slick in spots due to snow flurries.
As the chase approached S.R. 59 in Clay County, two truck drivers tried to block the vehicle, but Quick exited the interstate and headed north on Ind. 59.
While northbound, deputies from the Clay County Sheriff's Department joined the pursuit and reported it was traveling in excess of 90 mph as it approached Brazil.
The car continued through the city north into Parke County where the vehicle it struck a tire-deflating device deployed by a deputy with the Parke County Sheriff's Dept.
After impact, the car's left front tire deflated, causing the vehicle to slow down. However, he continued north for some time, stopping at Ferndale Road weast of the Walker Boat Ramp Road where the driver was taken into custody by police.
Also in the vehicle, Simmons reported, were Quick's wife and their 18 month-old son. Both the woman and the child were uninjured.
Quick was taken to the Putnam County Jail where he was booked in at 5:04 a.m. today.
Assisting Simmons in the pursuit and apprehension of Quick were officers from the Brazil Police Dept., Indiana State Police, and the Clay, Parke and Putnam County sheriff's departments.