State police arrest Hagerstown man after chase in Henry County

File photo

NEW CASTLE, Ind. – Indiana State Police arrested a Hagerstown man after they say he refused to stop and then led them on a lengthy chase in Henry County Monday night.

According to Indiana State Police, Trooper Thomas Ratliff was going east on Cherry Street from State Road 3 in New Castle when he noticed a Chevrolet work van in front of him cross the center line around 11:15 p.m.

4 Fast Facts

  • Police arrest man after chase in Henry County
  • Chase lasted about 40 minutes
  • Man was wanted on warrant out of Jay County
  • Charges against him include resisting arrest and criminal recklessness

Ratliff activated his lights, but the van wouldn’t pull over. The van made it to U.S. 38, turned north and then south, ending up in Greensboro, where another state trooper joined the pursuit.

The van wound through county roads and ended up on State Road 103, where a New Castle police officer had deployed stop sticks. The van finally stopped when a tire began deflating around 11:55 p.m. at State Road 103 and County Road 300 South.

There were three people in the van—two men and a woman.

The driver, Christopher Godsey, 31, was arrested. Police said he was wanted out on a warrant out of Jay County for auto theft. He faces preliminary charges of resisting law enforcement, driving while suspended, criminal recklessness and reckless driving in connection with the chase.

Police questioned the other two people in the van. They cooperated with the investigation and were not charged.

Police impounded the van after discovering it had a fake registration.