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Driver tries to ram police, shots fired back, chief says

Friday, October 20, 2006



A Reelsville man will face charges in both Clay and Putnam counties after a dangerous high speed pursuit involving Brazil City Police Department and Clay and Putnam sheriff's departments.

Around 1:21 this morning,Patrolman Jeff Bucklin attempted to stop a Ford Expedition for several traffic violations. Instead of stopping, the driver, Timothy A. Cheatham, 41, turned off the vehicle's lights and fled at a high rate of speed south of the city.

Two Brazil police cruisers -- one driven by Sgt. Terry Harrison the other by Patrolman Dennis Archer with Reserve Patrolman Jeremy Mace riding along -- and Clay County Sheriff's Deputy Brison Swearingen joined the pursuit into Putnam County.

Putnam County Sheriff's Department personnel also joined the pursuit until the vehicle left the road and ran into an embankment.

When Sgt. Harrison left his cruiser to assist the driver, Cheatham turned around and drove toward Harrison and Deputy Brison Swearingen's vehicle.

Brazil patrolmen Harrison, Bucklin and Mace fired several shots at Cheatham's vehicle as he attempted to ram them, according to a press release from Brazil Police Chief Mark Loudermilk.

During Cheatham's attempts to drive away he drove over an embankment and rolled his vehicle. He resisted arrest while being removed from the vehicle by officers.

Cheatham was taken to St. Vincent Clay Hospital for minor injuries and later booked into the Clay County Justice Center on preliminary charges of resisting law enforcement and reckless driving.

Officials at the jail say additional charges are expected after the Prosecutor's Office reviews the case file.

The Indiana State Police provided a crime scene technician to collect evidence at the scene. Brazil City Police Chief Mark Loudermilk has requested state police investigate the incident.

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