A traffic stop turned into a 35-minute vehicle pursuit Wednesday morning by officers of the Clay, Sullivan and Vigo counties sheriff's departments, Center Point Town Marshal's office and the Indiana State Police, ending with the arrest of a Terre Haute man.
Around 1:35 a.m., Deputy Josh Clarke was patrolling in the area of C.R. 700 W and C.R. 150 N when he observed, then followed briefly, a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed on a gravel road.
When Clarke attempted to stop the blue 1995 Chevy Z-71, the driver, Scott D. Robertson, 42, took off at a high rate of speed through portions of Vigo and Clay counties, the officer said.
Clarke, assisted by other officers, followed Robertson down several gravel roads. The suspect left the road several times in his vehicle, but was able to continue on each time. At one point during the pursuit, stop sticks were deployed by Vigo County Sheriff's Deputies, but they were unsuccessful.
Eventually, while making a turn at too high of a rate of speed, Robertson hit a dumpster, causing heavy damage to his vehicle. Robertson then struck Clarke's patrol car before traveling approximately another mile before being stopped by Deputy Clarke.
No one sustained any injuries during the pursuit. At this time it is unclear what Robertson's reason for not stopping was.
Robertson was taken into custody without further incident, charged with Resisting Law Enforcement and Reckless Driving and booked into the jail on a $7,000 bond, with no 10 percent. He is awaiting arraignment at the Clay County Justice Center.