Pal man arrested for OWI after fleeing police
A Palmyra man was arrested on multiple charges early Sunday morning after an Indiana State Police trooper attempted to stop him for speeding.
Around 1:30 a.m., ISP Trooper Dakota Novak was patrolling south on S.R. 135 in Harrison County, north of Flatwood Road. Officer Daniel Evans, with the Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept., was also traveling south and advised he had observed a truck traveling north toward Novak at an extremely high rate of speed. Novak soon spotted the vehicle and obtained a speed of 75 mph in the 55-mph zone.
Novak turned around and observed the truck was not slowing down. He also watched as it passed another northbound car. Novak activated his lights and siren and attempted to catch up to the driver, who had turned west onto Hancock Chapel Road and was driving at speeds up to 90 mph. The driver, later identified as Christopher J. Williams, 30, of Palmyra, then turned north onto Crawford Road and continued to speed before turning into a private drive.
Novak ordered Williams out of the vehicle and was eventually able to gain compliance. Evans also arrived on the scene to assist.
While talking with Williams, Novak detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage and began an OWI investigation. Williams’ blood-alcohol content was found to be 0.08%.
Williams faces charges of Level 6 felony resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, Class A misdemeanor operating a vehicle while intoxicated endangerment, Class C misdemeanor operating a vehicle while intoxicated and Class C misdemeanor reckless driving. He was taken to the Harrison County Jail without further incident.