According to information provided by the Clay County Sheriff's Department, James J., Duchane, 53, Terre Haute, was taken into custody after a brief police pursuit that began on State Road 46.
Around 2:30 a.m., Thursday, Deputy/K-9 Handler Brison Swearingen was on patrol when he saw a vehicle exit Howesville Farm Supply. Although Swearingen initiated a traffic stop, the male driver of the vehicle refused to stop and continued westbound on the highway and then turned onto county roads.
Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton told The Brazil Times preliminary information shows speeds in the 2-3 minute pursuit did not go above 50 mph, but the driver of the vehicle was probably going too fast on a gravel road.
Heaton said the vehicle went airborne, causing the driver to lose control and wreck in a nearby ditch. An anhydrous tank was thrown from the vehicle during the accident.
The driver and Duchane, who was the passenger in the vehicle, ran away.
Swearingen deployed K-9 Officer Dayk and was later assisted by CCSD Sgt./K-9 Handler Josh Clarke and K-9 Officer Forrest in the search for the two individuals.
Duchane was located and taken into custody, while the driver got away. However, evidence located during the search and subsequent interviews with the owner of the vehicle will be used to obtain an arrest warrant for the driver.
Duchane was booked into the Clay County Justice Center of preliminarily charges of trespass, conspiracy to commit, resisting law enforcement and theft. The charging information has been provided to the Clay County Prosecutor's Office for further review and officials expect more charges to be filed in the matter.
Facing a $7,000 cash bond (no 10 percent allowed), Duchane remains in custody while awaiting formal court proceedings.
Further details are unavailable to protect the integrity of the ongoing investigation.