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[ISP] Pursuit Results in Crash and Arrest
Start Date: 7/1/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 7/1/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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Bartholomew County: Last night just before 11:00 p.m. Trooper Matt Simmons observed a 2012 Suzuki motorcycle traveling westbound on S.R. 46 on the west side of Columbus passing several vehicles then the motorcycle did a wheelie. Tpr. Simmons turned on the vehicle and as he was trying to catch it the motorcycle passed several vehicles and was weaving in and out of traffic and passing vehicles on the yellow line west of Columbus. Tpr. Simmons clocked the motorcycle at 105 mph in a 55 zone. As the vehicle entered Brown County Tpr. Simmons initiated a traffic stop. As the motorcycle slowed and began to pull over, Tpr. Simmons said the driver did a U-Turn and accelerated rapidly back eastbound on S.R. 46 into Bartholomew County.

Tpr. Simmons' speed reached 130 mph as the motorcycle continued to accelerate away from him. Tpr. Simmons lost sight of the motorcycle just east of Tipton Lakes Blvd. and terminated his pursuit. Just after 11:00 p.m. Columbus Police Officer Frank Dickman was on Terrace Lake Road and observed the motorcycle pass him southbound at over 100 mph. As Officer Dickman attempted to catch the motorcycle it crashed ejecting the driver. The motorcycle driver, identified as 23 year old Zachary E. Emberton of Columbus, was transported to Columbus Regional Hospital where he as examined for complaint of pain suffered during the crash. He was then released and transported to Bartholomew County Jail where he stands charged with Resisting Law Enforcement with a Vehicle (Class D Felony), Operating While Intoxicated-Prior Conviction (Class D Felony), Operating While Intoxicated -Endangerment (Class A Misdemeanor), Operating While Intoxicated with a BAC of .08-.14 (Class C Misdemeanor), and Reckless Driving (Class B Misdemeanor). Also assisting at the scene was Columbus Police Lt. Jeff Williams and Sgt. Jennifer Van Vactor.

Contact Information:
Name: Sergeant Noel Houze
Phone: 812-689-8011
Email: NHouze@isp.in.gov
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