Last night at approximately 7:20, Trooper Austin Keller was patrolling on Main Street near Vine Street in Boonville when he spotted a Chevrolet Trailblazer that had improper registration.
Trooper Keller attempted to stop the vehicle when the driver turned into McDonald’s, but the driver failed to stop and drove around the restaurant twice before exiting the parking lot and driving east on Locust Street at approximately 45 mph in a 30 mph zone.
The driver nearly struck another vehicle that had stopped in the right lane near the intersection of Locust and 2nd Street. When the driver swerved to avoid hitting the stopped vehicle he lost control.
His vehicle left the roadway on the south side, slid through the parking lot of the post office before striking a light pole and a building located at 204 West Locust Street.
There were several people inside the building, but they were not injured.
After striking the building, the driver put his vehicle in reverse and attempted to leave the scene, but the vehicle was disabled. The driver was ordered out of the vehicle and was taken into custody without further incident.
The driver was identified as Joshua Taylor, 37, of Lamar. Further investigation revealed his driver’s license status was suspended. When officers searched his vehicle they found multiple smoking pipes.
Taylor was arrested and taken to the Warrick County Jail where he is currently being held on bond.
Arrested and Charges:
- Joshua Taylor, 37, Lamar, IN
- Criminal Recklessness, Level 6 Felony
- Resisting Law Enforcement, Level 6 Felony
- Possession of Paraphernalia, Class C Misdemeanor
- Reckless Driving, Class A Misdemeanor
- Driving While Suspended, Class A Misdemeanor
Arresting Officer: Trooper Austin Keller, Indiana State Police
Assisting Officer: Trooper Kyle Otolski, Indiana State Police
Assisting Agencies: Boonville Police and Warrick County Sheriff’s Office.