Theft and police chase ended with the arrest of three people Sunday.
25-year-old Joshua Jones and 23-year-old Aaron Ward, both of Seymour and 24-year-old Nicholas Garrett, of Crothersville were arrested.
All three are facing charges of resisting arrest by fleeing in a motor vehicle, resisting arrest by fleeing on foot, leaving the scene of an accident, possession of stolen property, auto theft, criminal recklessness with a vehicle and attempted involuntary manslaughter with a vehicle.
Garrett was also charged with false informing. Jones also was arrested for non-residential burglary involving the theft of the van as well as auto theft involving a stolen vehicle found at his residence on Laurel Street that was stolen from a residence on County Road 275 North/
Jones was also arrested on a warrant for a pursuit involving another stolen vehicle in Jackson County that occurred on June 13 on County Road 300 South. That truck was recovered and returned to its owner.
Officers were notified about a van that had wrecked which lead police to Ward.
The chase started when Jackson County Reserve Officer Scott Davis spotted a 1997 green Chevy Astro Van in the Jackson Park Shopping Center in Seymour at 4:11p.m. Saturday. The van was reported stolen Saturday morning from the 2000 block of South 400 East.
While attempting to check the vehicle, the driver later identified as Jones, fled from the shopping center. The chase continued out of city limits on County Road 850 East, where the van went into a ditch at County Road 200N.
The van drove into a yard at that location, back onto 200N and then attempted to ram Reserve Officer Scott Davis’ marked sport utility vehicle. The pursuit continued east on 200 North to the intersection of County Road 1000 East, where the van drove into a private driveway, northeast through a soybean field and into some woods before striking a tree.
Jones, Garrett and Ward got out of the van and fleed into the woods.
Jones and Ward got away, but Garrett was caught by Davis.
Later Saturday evening, Ward was found on the front porch of a residence in the 10000 block of East 250 North being detained by the property owner’s pet dogs.
Jones was arrested Sunday in the 100 block of East Laurel Street in Seymour after a stolen vehicle was found at that residence.
That vehicle had been stolen along with an all-terrain vehicle sometime Saturday night or early Sunday from a residence in the 10000 block of East 275 North.
The three men remained in Jackson County Jail at Brownstown awaiting their initial hearings in Jackson Circuit Court.
Other investigating county officers included Lt. Darin Downs, Deputy Dustin Steward, Reserve Deputy Rick Hirtzel, Reserve Deputy Steve Murphy, Reserve Deputy Charlie Murphy, Reserve Deputy Greg Murphy and Deputy Jeff Walters.
Also assisting in the arrests, pursuits, and investigations were officers from Seymour Police Department, Crothersville Police Department, Brownstown Police Department and the Indiana State Police.