MARTINSVILLE, Ind. -- Resisting arrest cases are up significantly in Morgan County, and the latest high-speed chase took deputies through cornfields.
An off-duty deputy on his way to a K9 training pulled over the SUV on State Road 67 around 6 a.m. Friday, after it was spotted driving erratically. Before the deputy got to the back door, the driver took off.
The deputy's dashcam caught the entire pursuit, which lasted around 30 minutes. He chased the driver through soybean fields and cornfields, sometimes with corn so high you can barely see anything.
At one point, the driver went right into Tracey Hopper's yard, making a loop around her house and waking her up.
"I thought it was a nightmare, to tell you the truth," Hopper said.
Fortunately, the driver missed her house, instead plowing through her fence and smashing her mailbox.
"Wood was flying up in the air and you’d think like a tornado (had) come down," Hopper said. "(He) flew through here really fast."
Eventually, the driver's car overheated and he and his passenger started running. They were quickly apprehended.
"Once they knew they were caught, they gave up," Capt. Brent Worth said.
In looking through data, Worth found that resisting arrest cases like these are up a whopping 200% in Morgan County since 2014. He said it's an alarming statistic that could point to a dangerous trend.
"It seems to feel like the criminals are feeling empowered, like they can resist the police," he said.
It turned out to be a 17-year-old from Indianapolis driving the car. Deputies think he might have fled because he didn't have a driver's license, since they didn't find any other evidence of a crime or anything criminal inside the car.
They also arrested the passenger, 20-year-old Zebadiah Featherston, from Poland, Indiana.