According to a press release and information provided by the Clay County Sheriff's Department, the incident began shortly before 4:30 p.m., Wednesday.
Responding to a complaint of public nudity, Patrol Sgt. Dan Best was dispatched to a residence at 6920 W. US 40. Best told The Brazil Times that Karen L. Guess, 42, became agitated, went inside her home and refused to come out when he tried to question her about the incident.
While Best was trying to get Guess to come out the front door, she slipped out another way.
When he attempted to take her into custody, Guest locked herself in her car and refused to come out. As she tried to drive away, Best said Guess allegedly drove her 1993 Pontiac Grand Am in a manner that forced him to jump on top of his patrol car two separate times to get out of the way.
Guess fled the scene and headed eastbound on US 40 at a high rate of speed. At one point during the pursuit, Guess was clocked at 100 mph.
Best said inter-department cooperation helped stop Guess' vehicle.
In an attempt to stop Guess before she entered the heavy traffic along US 40 inside Brazil city limits, which was backed up because traffic lights were not functioning due to the storm, members of the Brazil City Police Department and the Indiana State Police assisted in placing stop sticks in the eastbound lane of US 40, in an area just north of Dairy Queen.
"Traffic in the area was stopped as a safety precaution and all official department protocols were followed during the deployment of the sticks," Best said. "The suspect swerved all the way into the westbound lane of US 40 to avoid the sticks, which is when she overcorrected and lost control of her vehicle."
Guess' vehicle slammed into one utility pole, spun around and hit a second utility pole, ripping the front end off.
Due to the damage caused by the wreck, Best said the vehicle's doors were unable to be opened. As a safety precaution, Best and another officer on the scene had to bust the glass out of one of the doors to get Guess out. She was transported to St. Vincent Clay Hospital for facial injuries sustained during the crash.
Best, who sustained injuries to his arms from the broken glass, went to the hospital shortly afterwards to do further investigation and be treated for his injuries.
While Guess was being treated at the hospital, she allegedly committed battery by throwing or spitting blood on Best and the two nurses.
Guess was released from the hospital around 9:30 p.m., and was immediately taken into custody and booked into the Clay County Justice Center.
Guess was preliminarily charged with resisting law enforcement in a vehicle, battery by bodily waste to a law enforcement officer, indecent exposure, disorderly conduct and public nudity.
The Clay County Prosecutor's Office has the case under review with the potential for additional charges pending because of an ongoing investigation.
Due to Best's open wounds on his forearms, he was sent to both Terre Haute Regional Hospital and Union Hospital to undergo testing and blood analysis for potential diseases, including HIV and various forms of Hepatitis.
The Prosecutor's Office is preparing a Baker Warrant, which is used to officially petition for a variety of medical tests from an individual, to obtain blood samples from Guess for official testing.
Although Best's test results have returned negative at this time, he told The Brazil Times that he would undergo drug treatment as a safety precaution until officially released by a doctor. Best will remain on duty during the treatment.
Best gave credit to his fellow officers and said, "This is a great example of how things go right when departments work together."