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Arrest made after brief pursuit in Palmyra

Arrest made after brief pursuit in Palmyra Arrest made after brief pursuit in Palmyra

A Salem man was arrested on multiple charges after a brief pursuit early Thursday morning in Palmyra.

Shortly after 2 a.m., Indiana State Police Trooper Clay Boley observed a green Honda Civic drive left of center on S.R. 135 in Palmyra. Boley ran the license plate, which returned as a stolen vehicle from Washington County.

When Boley attempted to stop the vehicle after it turned onto Keeling Avenue, the Honda refused to stop. The car continued to a dead end on the north end of Keeling Avenue and then turned around, driving through a yard. The Honda then went south on Keeling and encountered yet another dead end. The vehicle entered a second yard and became stuck after crashing into a wooded area and a small ditch.

After several unsuccessful attempts to free the car, the driver complied and was taken into custody without further incident, according to police.

The driver was identified as Levi Neil Smith, 30. Boley also learned Smith was wanted on a warrant out of Washington County for invasion of privacy.

Smith was medically cleared at Harrison County Hospital in Corydon and was preliminarily charged with theft of a motor vehicle and resisting law enforcement in a vehicle, both Level 6 felonies; driving while suspended with a prior conviction, a Class A misdemeanor; and possession of marijuana, a Class B misdemeanor.

Boley was assisted at the scene by Harrison County Sheriff’s Deputy Daniel Evans.