Man flees police on motorcycle, crashes

CAMP ROBERTS — Brown County sheriff’s deputies and Nashville police officers pursued a suspect reported to be driving more than 80 mph over the speed limit until the driver crashed on State Road 135 South.

The pursuit and crash happened just before 2 p.m. Oct. 3.

Brown County Sheriff’s Deputy Joshua Stargell reported that motorcycle driver Jeffrey D. Mahan, 21, of North Vernon, was going 144 mph in a 55 mph zone of State Road 46 East.

Jeffrey D. Mahan, 21, North Vernon, was arrested Oct. 3 after he crashed his motorcycle on State Road 135 South while fleeing police. He was traveling more than 30 mph over the speed limit when the pursuit began. His speed increased to more than 80 mph over the speed limit as the pursuit continued.
Jeffrey D. Mahan, 21, North Vernon, was arrested Oct. 3 after he crashed his motorcycle on State Road 135 South while fleeing police. He was traveling more than 30 mph over the speed limit when the pursuit began. His speed increased to more than 80 mph over the speed limit as the pursuit continued. Photo courtesy of Mike Kelley.

Stargell clocked Mahan at 144 after he passed him going west, as police were pursuing him for driving 86 in a 55. The sheriff’s log says town and county officers were involved.

After switching on his lights and siren, Stargell tried to catch up with Mahan until he turned abruptly on State Road 135 South, the report said.

When Stargell came upon the first curve, he saw Mahan’s damaged 2002 Yamaha YZF-R6 facing the opposite direction with debris surrounding it. He ordered Mahan off the bike and he was placed in custody.

Mahan told Stargell that he saw the first police officer and became scared, so he drove faster, the report said.

Stargell’s report said marijuana and paraphernalia were found in the inside pocket of Mahan’s riding jacket.

Mahan was checked out by EMS for possible injuries, but he refused treatment, Stargell reported.

His motorcycle was towed.

He was taken to the Brown County jail and booked in on preliminary charges of resisting law enforcement; criminal recklessness; reckless driving; possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.

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Suzannah Couch grew up in Brown County, reading the Brown County Democrat. A 2013 Franklin College graduate, she covers cops/courts, education and arts/entertainment.