June 14, 2019, at approximately 9:30 p.m., Indiana State Trooper Ian Portteus was patrolling near Locust Street, in Terre Haute.
While doing so, he observed a white Chevrolet passenger vehicle traveling above the posted speed limit going north on 9th Street. Trooper Portteus also observed the vehicle disregard a stop sign.
He attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but the male driver of the passenger vehicle accelerated and a pursuit ensued.
The white passenger vehicle continued to accelerate, traveling north on 9th Street.
During the pursuit, the driver disregarded several traffic signs and traveled above the posted speed limit. The pursuit traveled approximately 20 miles throughout Terre Haute, before the driver’s vehicle became inoperable, coming to a stop at Maple and 7th Street.
Once stopped, officers gave loud verbal commands to the driver to exit the vehicle. The driver ignored these verbal commands and a taser was deployed on the driver, by a deputy of the Vigo County Sheriff’’s Department.
Upon the deployment of the taser, compliance was received and the driver was taken into custody without further incident.
Terre Haute Fire Department Medics arrived on the scene a few moments later and provided medical care and transportation to Union Hospital for the driver.
The driver was identified as Bryson M. Bones, 19, of Terre Haute, Indiana. Trooper Portteus offered Bones the opportunity to submit to a certified chemical test, in which he agreed. Once Bones was cleared medically, he was taken into custody and was then transported to the Vigo County Jail where he was processed into the jail.
- Resisting Law Enforcement in Vehicle, Level 6 Felony
- Resisting Law Enforcement, A Misdemeanor
- Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated, Level 6 Felony
- Driving While Suspended, A Misdemeanor
Assisting: Troopers Rondell Shelton, Courtland Woodruff, Brad Fyfe and David Cox, Vigo County Sheriff’s Department, Terre Haute City Police Department, Terre Haute Fire Department Medics and Lambert’s Wrecker Service.
All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.