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On Tuesday, April 24, at approximately 10:30 pm, Deputy Brad Naugle observed a motorcyclist making a left turn from W. Market Street onto N. Harrison Street.

Arrested was Richard Turner, age 37 of Clarksville, IN. 

The motorcyclist failed to signal the turn and had no license plate visible.

Deputy Naugle attempted to initiate a traffic stop, but the driver refused to stop. A short pursuit began and the motorcyclist attempted to elude Deputy Naugle by traveling through a yard on W. Market Street.

The motorcyclist lost control of his motorcycle and was taken into custody.

The motorcyclist was transported by ambulance to St. Vincent hospital, where he was treated and released.

Further investigation revealed the motorcycle had been reported stolen out of Louisville, Kentucky on April 7, 2018.

Turner was booked into the Washington County Detention Center on multiple charges.

He was charged with —

  • Trafficking with an inmate – article is a controlled substance – deadly weapon – cell phone or other wireless/cellular device
  • Receiving stolen auto parts
  • Possession of Schedule I-IV controlled substance
  • Criminal Recklessness While Armed with a Deadly Weapon
  • Operating Motor Vehicle without Financial Responsibility With a Prior Conviction
  • Operating While Intoxicated Per Se
  • Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated Endangering a Person
  • Possession of a Syringe
  • Carrying Handgun Without a License
  • Possession of Meth
  • Reckless Driving
  • Resisting Law Enforcement
  • Theft
  • Carrying a Handgun Without License

Turner also had an outstanding warrant for his arrest out of Clark County, Indiana.

Deputy Naugle was assisted by Deputies Allen Taylor, Tory Hildreth, Salem City Police Officers Chad Webb, Russell Wilcoxson and Mike Voelz, members of the Salem Fire Department and the Washington County Ambulance Service.

All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.