While on patrol as part of the Operation Pullover "Over the Limit Under Arrest" campaign, Brazil City Police Department Patrolman Clint McQueen attempted to pull over a northbound vehicle driven by James A. Bush, 33, for a speeding infraction near the Forest Avenue and Posey Street intersection.
For unclear reasons, Bush did not stop and a short pursuit ensued involving McQueen and members of the Clay County Sheriff's Department that ended in the south parking lot of Lamplight Manor Apartment complex.
Although one officer pulled his Tazer during a scuffle, BCPD officials confirmed to The Brazil Times it was not used.
Officials reported Bush allegedly gave the officers various reasons for not stopping while being taken into custody, including his admission to drinking and that he only had an ID card. Officers also discovered Bush had an outstanding arrest warrant issued in late April by Clay Superior Court for a probation violation in a separate matter involving misdemeanor charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated.
Bush was transported to St. Vincent Clay Hospital for a chemical test before being medically checked and cleared for incarceration at the Clay County Justice Center.
Taken into custody with no bail due to the outstanding warrant, Bush was also preliminarily charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated, resisting law enforcement and receiving/possession of stolen property because of the new incident.
On Tuesday, Bush appeared via video conference for the outstanding warrant in Clay Superior Court. Attorney Matthew Effner was appointed as defense counsel, bond was set at $7,000 cash (with no 10 percent allowed) and an evidentiary hearing was scheduled for Nov. 24.
Jail officials confirmed Tuesday evening that Bush remained in custody awaiting formal court proceedings in the new case.
During Operation Pullover campaigns, a federal grant through the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute allows law enforcement officers to work overtime to conducting sobriety checkpoints, roaming patrols and use other enforcement tools to catch impaired drivers.