Clay City Police Chief Terry Skaggs told The Brazil Times that he was on his way to the Clay County Justice Center at 12:23 a.m., Wednesday, when a vehicle driven by Steven Burk, 62, Reelsville, caught his attention near the intersection of Towpath Road and State Road 59.
Skaggs said the vehicle "barely came to a stop in time" near the highway. While watching in his rearview mirror, Skaggs said the vehicle appeared to not move as he continued north on SR 59. Because he thought the driver was having trouble, Skaggs turned around at the Zionsville Road to find the vehicle.
Puttering around in an area just north of the Towpath Road, Burk was driving south in the northbound lane.
When Skaggs turned on his lights to perform a traffic stop, Burk sped up and continued driving south in the northbound lane for approximately two more miles.
"It wasn't a high-speed chase. Burk stayed right around 50 mph, but he drove in the wrong lane the entire time," Skaggs said. "When we got near the bridge at Conley Ditch, I thought he struck the guard rail of the bridge. I'm not sure, but, if he didn't, it was pretty close."
Ultimately stopping in an area near County Road 600 South and SR 59, Skaggs said Burk wasn't sure where he was.
"He thought he was driving on SR 46, on his way to Reelsville," Skaggs said.
Taken into custody without further incident, Burk was booked into the Clay County Justice Center on preliminary charges of resisting law enforcement, reckless driving and operating a vehicle while intoxicated (refusal).
Skaggs said Burk agreed to participate in a portable Breathalyzer test at the scene, and apparently tested .18. But, during the routine booking process at the CCJC, he refused to be tested again.
Meanwhile, officers also discovered that Burk was driving on a "conditional driver's license" because of a previous operating a vehicle while intoxicated offense earlier this year. The Clay County Prosecutor's Office is reviewing the case for other potential charges.
According to jail officials, Burk remains incarcerated on a $7,000 cash bond awaiting formal arraignment per the Clay County court calendar.
------CLARIFICATION OCT 3-------
Steven Burk voluntarily tested .18 in a portable Breathalyzer test at the scene, not 1.8 as printed in the original story.