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Pursuit leads to two arrests

Sunday, November 25, 2012

A pursuit through three counties recently led to the arrest of two Clay County men.

According to Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton, officials were notified Wednesday evening in regard to the theft of a vehicle.

Heaton said officials with the Brazil Police Department were on the lookout for John Clark, 21, Brazil, who was allegedly wanted for Battery with Bodily Injury.

On Wednesday, officials received a call from family of Clark claiming he had allegedly stolen a vehicle.

Heaton said someone close to the family or a family member followed the vehicle, but lost it in the Staunton area.

Clay County Sheriff's Department Deputy Jason Frazier, however, saw the vehicle traveling eastbound on State Road 42 and attempted a traffic stop.

The vehicle did not stop and a chase ensued.

As the vehicle approached the intersection of State Road 59 and SR 42, it did not stop and continued eastbound on SR 42 before turning south on County Road 200 East.

The vehicle continued, according to Heaton, refusing to stop while going through several four-way stop intersections.

Eventually, Heaton said the pursuit headed south to State Road 157 south of Clay City and continued into Owen County, going through Coal City, to State Road 48, heading toward Worthington.

Heaton said the subject driving the alleged stolen vehicle veered onto a county road in Greene County off SR 48, lost control of the vehicle and went through a field into a residential yard.

However, the subject regained control and started to come back onto the roadway.

Heaton said Dep. Frazier then hit the vehicle with his own patrol car, stopping the pursuit.

According to Heaton, a passenger in the vehicle, later identified as John Farnsworth, 21, Carbon, attempted to flee the scene by climbing over a barbwire fence, but was unsuccessful.

According to officials, Clark was taken into custody without incident.

Heaton said Farnsworth told officials Clark allegedly swallowed an undetermined amount of pills during the pursuit. As a result, Clark was transported to St. Vincent Clay Hospital and given medical attention before being transported to the Clay County Justice Center.

Farnsworth was preliminarily charged with Auto Theft, Resisting Law Enforcement, Criminal Recklessness and Trespassing.

Clark was preliminarily charged with Trespassing, Auto Theft, Criminal Recklessness, Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated, Resisting Law Enforcement and Battery With Bodily Injury (through the Brazil Police Department).

Both were still incarcerated at the Clay County Justice Center as of Sunday evening.

Other agencies responding to the situation included the Brazil Police Department, Owen County Sheriff's Department, Jasonville Police Department and Greene County Sheriff's Department.

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Good work Jason Frazier!!

-- Posted by dude1 on Mon, Nov 26, 2012, at 8:07 AM

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