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Pursuit lands Sullivan man in jail with several charges

By Times Staff

Indiana State Trooper Justin Bell observed a vehicle, traveling north on U.S. 41 near CR 710N near Sullivan, that proceeded left of center several times last Wednesday at approximately 11:40 p.m.

The vehicle was a silver Ford Taurus with an Indiana registration. Bell activated all his emergency lights to initiate a traffic stop. The vehicle then abruptly turned south onto CR 105E. The Ford Taurus accelerated as it headed south, reaching speeds of 70 miles per hour. The driver of the vehicle, quickly realizing that CR 105E is a dead end road, turned the vehicle around and attempted to travel north. The pursued vehicle then proceeded to drive through a yard of a local residence, striking a tree, which then disabled the vehicle making it come to a stop.

The driver exited the vehicle and ran towards a wooded area. Bell gave loud, verbal commands for the subject to stop, but the subject disregarded these commands and Bell pursued the subject on foot. During the foot pursuit, Bell observed the subject drop several items within the wooded area. Upon entering an open field, the subject stopped running, immediately lying down and surrendering to Bell.

Bell secured the subject and walked, with the subject, back to the vehicle. The subject was then identified as Troy E. Kemper, 44, of Sullivan.  Speaking with Kemper, Bell observed criminal indicators that led him to believe that Kemper was possibly impaired due to a controlled substance. Upon the arrival of additional police assistance, Bell went back into the wooded area and secured the items that Kemper had discarded during the foot pursuit. Once the items were secured by Bell, several field sobriety tests were administered to Kemper, in which he failed. Kemper was offered the opportunity to submit to a chemical test, in which he gave consent.

Bell then conducted a search of the vehicle and of the items that Kemper had discarded on the ground. During the vehicle and item search, 12 grams of methamphetamine, 130 syringes and 22 round blue pills of alprazolam, which is a controlled substance, were uncovered. It was also discovered that Kemper did not have a valid prescription to possess alprazolam.

Kemper was then transported to Sullivan County Community Hospital where he provided a blood and urine sample for a chemical test. Kemper was then cleared medically, was taken into custody, and was transported to the Sullivan County Jail.

Kemper was preliminarily charged with dealing in methamphetamine, possession of meth, two counts of resisting law enforcement, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a syringe, Operating a vehicle while intoxicated, OVWI – controlled substance, maintaining a common nuisance and driving while suspended with a prior conviction.

The assisting officers were ISP Trooper Brad Miller and Sullivan County Sheriff's Deputies Carl Melchert and Justin Copeland. 

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