Police seeking information on drivers involved in two pursuits

Police are seeking information about two drivers who fled when officers were trying to pull them over for speeding last week.

On April 4, Brown County Sheriff’s Deputy Josh Stargell was patrolling on State Road 135 North at around 6:45 p.m. when a black, sport-type motorcycle passed him driving 83 mph in a 50 mph zone, according to the sheriff’s department.

When Stargell flipped on his lights and siren to initiate a traffic stop, the motorcycle driver looked back at the police vehicle and began passing cars at “extreme rates of speed,” the sheriff’s department reported.

Stargell lost sight of the motorcycle and ended the pursuit.

Less than 24 hours later, Sheriff Scott Southerland was monitoring traffic on Greasy Creek Road near the Brown County Highway Department when a red Mitsubishi passed him traveling 44 mph in a 30 mph zone.

The red Mitsubishi accelerated as it passed Southerland’s vehicle and proceeded east on to Old State Road 46, according to the sheriff’s department. It continued on Old State Road 46 and went around several vehicles going in excess of 70 mph before eventually turning on to Clay Lick Road.

The pursuit ended near Wallow Hollow Road, the sheriff’s department reported.

Anyone with information about either of the pursuits can contact the Brown County Sheriff’s Department at 812-988-6655. Anonymous tips can be left at 812-988-6620.

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