Owensboro man arrested after high-speed Posey chase

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A high speed pursuit and subsequent manhunt took place on Monday morning, July 24, which ended with the apprehension and arrest of 35-year-old John Michael Brown, of Owensboro.

At approximately 11:26 a.m., Posey County Sheriff’s Deputy Isaac Fuelling was patrolling State Road 62 when he observed a green 2006 Chevrolet Suburban traveling west at a speed of 81 miles per hour near Overpass Road. As Deputy Fuelling was attempting to stop the vehicle for the speeding violation, the driver accelerated to a speed of 95 miles per hours in an attempt to pull away from the patrol car. Deputy Fuelling continued behind the vehicle, calling for assistance.

Assisting deputies and officers from the Mount Vernon Police Department attempted to intercept the vehicle near the Southwind Shopping Plaza, but were unsuccessful. The pursuit traveled into Mount Vernon, across several city streets, eventually turning north onto Tile Factory Road. The driver of the fleeing vehicle made his way to Blackford Road, traveling east until reaching the intersection of Menikheim Road. At this point the driver failed to negotiate a curve causing the vehicle to collide with an embankment after leaving the roadway. The vehicle then came to rest in an adjoining cornfield.

Brown immediately fled from the vehicle, moving through the field trying to evade the pursuing deputies. Officers from multiple law enforcement agencies quickly established a perimeter around the seventy-acre field. Brown was apprehended after nearly two hours of searching the field with the assistance of K-9 units and aerial drones.

Brown was immediately transported to Deaconess Hospital for examination, before being lodged in the Posey County Jail. Brown made a statement that he was with another individual who was also in the field, causing officers to continue searching the field to no avail. He later recanted his statement and admitted that he was the only person in the vehicle.

As the investigation continued, Owensboro Police confirmed that the vehicle Brown was driving had been reported stolen in the city of Owensboro. Brown appeared in the Posey Circuit Court on Wednesday, July 26, where he was formally charged with Count 1 Resisting Law Enforcement a Level 6 Felony, Count 2 Resisting Law Enforcement a Class A Misdemeanor, Count 3 Reckless Operation of a Vehicle in a Highway Work Zone a Class A Misdemeanor, Count 4 Reckless Driving a Class C Misdemeanor, and Count 5 False Informing a Class B Misdemeanor.

Authorities in Owensboro are preparing arrest warrants for Brown stemming from their investigations where Brown is a suspect in several other theft related cases, which include other vehicle thefts.

Brown remains lodged in the Posey County Jail under a $150,000 bond.

Agencies assisting the Sheriff’s Office in the apprehension of Brown, were the Mount Vernon Police Department, Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office, Evansville Police Department, Indiana State Police, Vanderburgh County EMA, Marrs Township Fire Department, and the Owensboro Police Department.