WHITE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - A police pursuit lasting 13 miles ended in a White County corn field Monday evening. Four people have been arrested for various charges, including resisting law enforcement and escape.
"We heard a large boom!" said Zeb Davis, a witness.
The large boom was the sound of a silver SUV slamming into a telephone pole on County Road 300 West in White County about five miles southwest of Reynolds. Davis saw and heard the whole thing happen.
"We ran over to the road to see what was happening and people started jumping out of the vehicle and running every direction," said Davis.
Investigators said it all happened on State Road 43 in Brookston when the driver of the vehicle, John Grigsby Sr., failed to obey the speed limit. Brookston Police Deputy Marshal Brand McLeland said he attempted to stop the SUV, but the vehicle sped away. McLeland said Grigsby continued driving north on 43, took a left on County Road 900 South, then a right on 300 West. That's when he said he went into a corn field, back across 300 West and into another corn field. Grigsby hit the pole and all four people in the SUV tried taking off.
"All agencies responding set up a perimeter through the corn field to make sure they didn't come out any other side," said McLeland.
McLeland said two female passengers, Nikki Grigsby and Shay Lloyd, were taken in to custody soon after. K-9s were brought in to help find Grigsby and another passenger, John Grigsby Jr.
"Both K-9s found both male subjects and one was bit," said McLeland.
Law enforcement officers also put Davis and other witnesses to work.
"Cops were asking us where they went, so we pointed them and just tried to help them. Then they told us to look towards the road to see if we could see them run across the corn field," said Davis.
McLeland said Grigsby had an active warrant out for his arrest in Chicago and was driving with a suspended license. He said he had also been drinking. McLeland said Grigsby and the passengers are from the Medaryville area and were coming back from Lafayette.
Even if they were just passing through the area, Davis said the incident shook up the usually quiet countryside.
"Very surprising -- not much action around here," said Davis.
McLeland said all four people racked up seven different preliminary charges.
John Grigsby, Sr.: Operating while intoxicated, resisting law enforcement with a vehicle
John Grigsby, Jr.: Resisting law enforcement, escape
Nikki Grigsby: Underage consumption, public intoxication
Shay Lloyd: Disorderly conduct
McLeland said bottles of alcohol were found in the SUV.
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