Motorcyclist pursuit covers 2 counties
A Corydon man led Indiana State Police troopers, along with several sheriff deputies, on a pursuit through Harrison and Floyd counties early Saturday morning. The chase ended with his arrest on multiple charges.
Around 2:40 a.m. Saturday, Trooper Nathaniel Newton was patrolling on S.R. 337 near Quarry Road in Harrison County north of Corydon when he observed a motorcycle in front of him with no taillights, no license plate light and no license plate.
When Newton tried to pull the bike over, the driver failed to stop and then led Newton and other joining officers on a 58-mile pursuit.
The chase eventually entered Floyd County on S.R. 64 before returning to Harrison County along S.R. 62. The motorcyclist, later identified as Mark Christopher Kirby, 22, committed numerous traffic violations throughout the chase, including running stop signs, driving in the opposite lane of travel and speeding.
Police said the pursuit lasted nearly an hour and ended near Trestle Road in Harrison County south of New Salisbury, when Kirby drove off into a field. Harrison County deputies then gave chase on foot and were able to stop Kirby and take him into custody.
Kirby was incarcerated at the Harrison County Jail in Corydon and faces several charges, including resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, a Level 6 felony; reckless driving, a Class C misdemeanor; and resisting law enforcement, driving while suspended with a prior and possession of a handgun without a license, all Class A misdemeanors.