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Two State Chase Ends In A Screeching Halt and Arrest

A car crashes into a telephone pole in Henderson, ending a high speed chase that stretched across state lines.
Justin R. Brewer (Henderson County Detention Ctr.)
Justin R. Brewer (Henderson County Detention Ctr.)

A car crashes into a telephone pole in Henderson, ending a high speed chase that stretched across state lines. You're taking a look at exclusive video captured only by Eyewitness News this afternoon as the chase made its way into Henderson, Kentucky crossing the twin bridges on Highway 41. Investigators tell us the pursuit ensued shortly after an afternoon shooting at an east side Evansville apartment complex. Authorities arrested 25-year-old, Justin Brewer. Tonight he is being lodged in the Henderson County Jail.

Brewer now faces five charges in Kentucky, but has not yet been charged for any crimes Indiana involving that shooting. Eyewitness News was the only news crew on the scene with cameras rolling as the chase came to a screeching halt.

Around 1:30 Saturday afternoon a resident at the Addison Place Apartments in Evansville, heard a knock at his door. He says it was a man asking if his 2008 Dodge Challenger was for sale. When he said no, the stranger allegedly forced his way inside with a hand gun, shot him in the face, stole his money, and took the keys to his vehicle. "It looks like he's going to be fine. Obviously he was shook up, but he was talking, and alert, and being transported to St. Mary's for treatment." Evansville Police officers say that's when the chase began. The suspect driving the stolen car raced across state lines into Kentucky, running vehicles off the road along the way, until crashing in Henderson. "He came over the hillside, and he went airborne. The next thing I noticed, the tires were smoking, he gave it gas, then tires were smoking like crazy, and he came right across this yard right here. He ran right into the telephone pole," says a witness. Several witnesses watched in disbelief as screeching tires tore through their otherwise quiet neighborhood. Authorities say Justin Brewer was behind the wheel. "This guy was flying. To take that telephone pole completely out right there, I have no idea how fast, but he was flying." "We saw an orange Camero flying by, and then about fifteen to twenty cop cars behind it. He almost hit a woman head on right, down the street. Then we saw it go up over the hill and heard a bunch of breaks and a boom," says Kimberly Knight.  Neighbors watched as Brewer was arrested on-scene and taken to the Henderson County Jail. "I'm at a loss for words for something like this to happen right here." Walter Ellis says this area is not used to crime and hopes this is the last of it. "There's no way that they should allow something like that to happen in this area."

The victim from that shooting is in stable condition. He made the initial call to 911, and says he has no relation to the suspect. Brewer is a key suspect in the shooting.

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