Local man leads police on pursuit through multiple counties

A local man faces multiple charges after leading five police agencies on a high-speed chase from the Edinburgh area to Brown County at about 7 p.m. Monday.

Thomas Raymond Brockman, 43, 1197 Nelson Ridge Road, Columbus, was arrested on multiple counts of the following charges: Criminal recklessness, driving while suspended with a prior conviction, resisting law enforcement, reckless driving, aggressive driving and failure to stop after an accident, Bartholomew County Sheriff’s deputies said. He is being held in the Bartholomew County Jail in lieu of $73,600 bond, jail officials said.

Edinburgh police, sheriff’s deputies, Brown County sheriff’s deputies, Indiana State Police and an Indiana Conservation officer were involved in the chase, which reached speeds of 100 miles per hour at times, deputies said.

Brown County Sheriff’s Deputy Greg Pittman attempted to stop Brockman’s Subaru going west on State Road 46 toward Nashville, but the vehicle refused to stop and accelerated, turning onto Hoover Road and then east onto Georgetown Road, a press release from Pittman said.

Brown County Sheriff’s Lt. Mike Moore and Bartholomew County deputies were waiting at the intersection of Nelson Ridge Road with stop sticks in the road, the press release said.

Brockman’s vehicle went into a yard to avoid the stop sticks and almost struck Pittman’s police vehicle head-on as it went back on the road heading west on Georgetown Road, the release said.

State police used stop sticks and deflated all four tires, but Brockman continued to flee until his engine blew and his vehicle stopped after hitting a guardrail, deputies said. Pittman said the pursuit stopped near North Salem Church on State Road 46.

Brockman ran from the vehicle into a wooded area where he was arrested, deputies said.

In July, Brockman was involved in another pursuit with the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department and charges are still pending in that chase, deputies said. Brockman also fled in a vehicle to evade arrest last week, deputies said.

In June 2011, Brockman also was charged in Brown County with escape, a Class C felony; resisting law enforcement, Class D felony; and resisting law enforcement, Class A misdemeanor, according to online court records.

No injuries were reported to Brockman or the officers.