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Man remains at large after chase

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By Rachel Christian

Mount Vernon City Police are still searching for a man who ran from authorities during a traffic stop early Wednesday morning.

Police say they are fairly sure who the suspect is, but have declined to release his name until they can confirm his identity.

Around 1 a.m. April 12, a Mount Vernon officer observed a green Pontiac Grand Am run a stop sign at the intersection of Second and Water Streets. According to police, the driver accelerated after the officer turned on his lights. The driver is said to have traveled 60 mph in a 30 mph zone.

The pursuit lasted a short time before the Pontiac crashed into an embankment near Sixth and Vine Streets.

The suspect took off running once the car came to a stop, and the officer called for back up from the Posey County Sheriff’s K9 unit.

They were unable to locate the suspect. They do not believe the man was armed and did not classify him as dangerous.
The Pontiac Grand Am the suspect drove was later confirmed as stolen, and was taken to Black’s Towing until it could be claimed by its owner.

Mount Vernon Police Chief Tony Alldredge said the department is almost certain who the suspect is, but is unable to obtain a positive ID at this time.

“It is an individual that we are familiar with and who is familiar with us,” Alldredge said.

He said the individual lives in Mount Vernon, and a warrant for his arrest will likely be issued later this week. This investigation is ongoing.