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UPDATE: Driver accused in early morning pursuit faces kidnapping charge

The accused driver in a multi-county, high-speed chase Friday morning may face multiple felony charges, including kidnapping.

Posted: Dec 21, 2018 7:18 PM
Updated: Dec 21, 2018 10:06 PM

CLINTON/CARROLL COUNTIES, Ind. (WLFI) -- The driver in a multi-county, high-speed chase Friday morning may face multiple felony charges, including kidnapping.

We previously reported the driver crashed at a set of train tracks in Clinton County, ending a chase that topped 140 miles an hour. Police say that driver was 31-year-old Lance Scarlett of Tippecanoe County.

Amazingly, neither he nor his female passenger were seriously injured. The Carroll County Sheriff's Office says the passenger told Scarlett to stop and let her out several times before the crash. She was driven back to Lafayette to be picked up by her family.

Scarlett is in jail on a $100,000 cash bond, with preliminary charges of Kidnapping, Criminal Confinement, Resisting Law Enforcement and Criminal Recklessness with a Deadly Weapon.

News 18 reported the chase started this morning in Carroll County when an officer clocked Scarlett's vehicle at 113 miles per hour on State Road 18. That officer lost control of his squad car at one point in the chase, and crashed in a field. His injuries were not serious.

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