Man jailed after leading police on wild chase
A New Salisbury man who allegedly punched his neighbor and led police in a wild pursuit injured two people, rammed a police car and struck another car before being apprehended a short time later Saturday evening.
Robert R. Inman, 26, had an altercation with his neighbors on West Whiskey Run Road about 6:20 p.m., according to Officer Michael Kurz of the Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept., who arrived at the residence to find a man bleeding from the mouth.
The injured man gave police a description of Inman and the vehicle in which he left. Before police left the residence, Inman drove past. Kurz and Indiana State Police Trooper Josh Orme tried to catch Inman, but when they reached S.R. 135, police were unsure which way Inman had gone.
Orme went north on 135, and Kurz went south.
‘I saw a vehicle drive erratically through the intersection’ at state roads 135 and 62, Kurz said. He spotted Inman as he turned west on Old S.R. 64, then south through Corydon Junction to Lost Creek Road, where he turned west.
‘He blew all the stop signs at about 80 mph,’ Kurz said.
After Kurz turned onto Lost Creek, Sheriff Mike Deatrick ordered Kurz to terminate the pursuit and get a warrant for Inman’s arrest.
Kurz said he was going to return to the residence on West Whiskey Run Road when he noticed ‘lots of gravel dust’ coming from a driveway near the intersection of Tunnel Hill Road.
‘(Inman) was driving like crazy up in this person’s driveway,’ Kurz said. When Inman saw the officer coming at him in his squad car on the driveway, he put his Chevy Cavalier in drive and ‘stomped’ on the gas and hit the front of the squad car, Kurz said.
Kurz said he didn’t think Inman’s car would be drivable, but when Kurz got out of his vehicle and took cover behind it, Inman ‘came at me.’ The officer pulled his weapon and ordered Inman to stop, but he didn’t.
Inman got back on the road and headed west, but not for long.
He ‘T-boned’ a Ford Tempo at the intersection of Lost Creek and Tunnel Hill, Kurz said. Two females in the car were injured and required extrication by the Ramsey Volunteer Fire Dept. One was taken by ambulance to Clark Memorial Hospital in Jeffersonville for back injuries, and the other was treated and released for minor injuries, Kurz said. He had no more information about the victims.
Trooper Orme came upon the accident and reported that Inman had gone east on Tunnel Hill.
A few minutes later, Tim Berkenmeyer, an off-duty county police officer, saw a vehicle matching Inman’s ‘passing (vehicles) erratically’ on Corydon-Ramsey Road. Berkenmeyer followed in the direction Inman was driving and came around a curve in the road to find that Inman had crashed near Valley View Road. Inman fled briefly on foot but was apprehended, Kurz said.
Roy Wiseman of the sheriff’s department and ISP Trooper Laura Hess assisted, and Milltown Chief Marshal Ray Saylor transported Inman to the Harrison County Jail.
Inman was initially charged with attempted murder, battery, resisting law enforcement, battery on a police officer, reckless endangerment, criminal recklessness, criminal mischief, driving under the influence, failure to stop at injury accident, and failure to stop at property damage accident.