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Illinois man arrested after pursuit

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VEEDERSBURG — An Illinois man was arrested Friday in Veedersburg following a pursuit.

According to a press release issued by the Indiana State Police, at 12:15 p.m. Friday ISP Trooper Chandler Stanton was patrolling Interstate 74  eastbound near the 17 mile-marker. Stanton attempted to stop a 2007 Pontiac Grand Prix driven by Jalen Calhoun, 20, of Decatur, Illinois, for multiple traffic violations. When Stanton activated his emergency lights, the Pontiac continued eastbound at a high rate of speed. Stanton continued to pursue the Pontiac eastbound until State Road 25 and Interstate 74. At that location, the Pontiac made a U-turn in the median and continued westbound on Interstate 74.

The pursuit continued to the 17 mile-marker on Interstate 74, where a tire deflation device was deployed. Calhoun attempted to avoid the tire deflation device and lost control of the Pontiac. The Pontiac went into the ditch on the north side of the road and stopped. Once Calhoun stopped, he drove back onto Interstate 74 and continued westbound.

The Pontiac continued westbound and exited Interstate 74 at U.S. 41. The Pontiac went southbound on U.S. 41 to Veedersburg, where the vehicle stopped after hitting a mailbox. Calhoun exited the Pontiac and attempted to flee on foot. After a short foot pursuit, officers on the scene were able to safely take Calhoun into custody. After further investigation, officers on the scene located suspected marijuana inside the vehicle.

Calhoun faces charges of resisting law enforcement with a vehicle (prior), a Level 5 Felony; reckless driving, aggressive driving, operating a vehicle without ever receiving a driver’s license and dealing marijuana, all Class A misdemeanors; and criminal mischief and criminal recklessness, coth Class B misdemeanors.

Stanton was assisted on scene by Troopers from the Lafayette Post, Fountain County Sheriff’s Department, Veedersburg Police Department, Covington Police Department and Maskel’s Towing.

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