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Early morning pursuit ends in crash, arrest

Early morning pursuit ends in crash, arrest Early morning pursuit ends in crash, arrest

A pursuit that began shortly after midnight in Harrison County on Aug. 25  landed the driver in jail after he crashed into a utility pole guide wire and attempted to flee on foot.

Around 12:10 a.m. on Aug. 25, Indiana State Police trooper Dakota Novak was patrolling on S.R. 135 just north of Corydon when he observed a red Pontiac approaching him at a high rate of speed. Novak turned to stop the car after obtaining a RADAR speed of 78 mph in a 55-mph zone; however, the driver continued to speed up and turned on to Corydon Junction Road.

Novak pursued the Pontiac into New Salisbury, where the driver then turned west on S.R. 64.

The driver, later identified as Cameron O. Osman, 18, of New Salisbury, continued to drive east and west on S.R. 64 between the intersections of S.R. 135 and Old S.R. 64 and reached speeds of 110 mph.

Trooper Zachary Lavey joined the pursuit and successfully deployed “stop sticks,” causing one of the Pontiac’s tires to go flat. The vehicle eventually ran off the roadway while traveling east on S.R. 64 and crashed into a power pole. Osman then fled on foot toward a house but surrendered after attempting to open a locked door on the front porch.

Osman was transported to the Harrison County Jail without further incident. His initial charges include resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, a Level 6 felony; resisting law enforcement, a Class A misdemeanor; reckless driving, a Class C misdemeanor; and citations for numerous traffic violations, including a learner’s permit violation.

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