A suspect wanted on a felony arrest warrant for various drug related charges led law enforcement officials on a reckless pursuit in Brazil, including through the grounds of a local park, Tuesday afternoon.
According the Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton, several officers were in an area around Kruzan and Walnut streets looking for a suspect, Shawn Anthony Weddle, 37, Brazil, wanted on various drug-related charges. Investigating officers had also received information Weddle was in possession of a firearm and had allegedly been making threats to kill people.
Weddle fled north on Walnut Street a few blocks before turning west on Robinson, where the truck hit a curb and blew a tire. At the intersection of Robinson and Meridian streets, Weddle drove into a portion of Babe Wheeler Park that is not fenced in. Weddle drove around the basketball court, sliding on the grass and came to a stop a few feet from the swing sets located on the north side of the park.
Both men bailed out of the truck and ran away on foot until they were caught by officers at a residence just south of the intersection of Hendrix and Depot streets. Officials said they were taken into custody without further incident.
It is unclear how many people were in the park at the time, but several local residents told The Brazil Times they saw a wrecker remove the truck from the park.
"When suspects have no regard for their own life, or that of others, it creates the potential for dangerous and unpredictable situations like this," Heaton told The Brazil Times. "We try to avoid this type of situation from happening, but we actually have very little control until a suspect is taken into custody."
Grigsby was booked in for preliminary charges of resisting law enforcement and visiting a common nuisance. Officials also provided information that Grigsby is reportedly on parole through the Indiana Department of Correction after serving time for a charge of dealing cocaine or a narcotic drug.
Weddle was booked on the warrant charges (two counts of class B dealing in methamphetamine, two counts of maintaining a common nuisance and one count of possession of methamphetamine) and felony resisting law enforcement, misdemeanor resisting law enforcement and child endangerment.
No injuries had been reported as of press time.