A Huntingburg man was arrested early this morning after he led Troopers on a pursuit through two counties.
Around 10:53 P.M., Trooper Andrew Beaver was patrolling US 231 near County Road 200 South, south of Loogootee, when he observed a southbound motorcycle at what appeared to be a high rate of speed.
Trooper Beaver activated his radar, which indicated the motorcycle was traveling 71 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone. Trooper Beaver activated his emergency lights and siren in attempt to initiate a traffic stop; however, the motorcycle accelerated, attempting to flee.
Arrested was James Schepers, 21, 104 North Cherry Street, Huntingburg.
The motorcycle continued south, with speeds reaching as high as 115 miles per hour. After crossing into Dubois County and through Haysville, the pursuit was terminated. Trooper Beaver contacted the Jasper Police Department to observe for the motorcycle.
At approximately 11:00 P.M., Jasper Police located the motorcycle southbound into Jasper, still in excess of 100 miles per hour, and continued the pursuit. The motorcycle turned west on 36th Street, and continued for less than a mile before stopping behind a residence at 1146 West 36th Street. Jasper Police placed the driver and passenger in custody until Trooper Beaver arrived.
The driver, James Schepers, 21, Huntingburg, was transported to the Martin County Jail by Indiana State Police for Resisting Law Enforcement, Criminal Recklessness, and Reckless Driving. The female passenger on the motorcycle was released without charges. Charges against Schepers in Dubois County may be pending as a result of the incident.
Schepers was charged with – Resisting Law Enforcement with a Vehicle, Level 5 Felony; Criminal Recklessness, A Misdemeanor and Reckless Driving, B Misdemeanor
The Indiana State Police was assisted by the Jasper Police and the Dubois County Sheriff’s Departments.