Man arrested after fleeing from deputy

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) — An Indianapolis man was arrested Thursday night after deputies say he fled after a deputy tried to pull him over.

The Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office saw a Kia Optima travel abruptly across three lanes of traffic on the Lloyd Expressway. When a deputy tried to stop the vehicle, the driver fled, driving into the USI round-about section. Deputies followed as the vehicle drove around the round-about three times while squealing its tires.

Deputies continued pursuing the vehicle as it traveled south on University Boulevard, onto the campus of the University of Southern Indiana. The vehicle drove through the campus checkpoint at high speed before striking speed bumps. The vehicle voluntarily stopping in front of the PAC Arena as additional deputies, who were regularly assigned to USI, arrived in the area. Due to the COVID-19 preventative measures, the USI campus had previously suspended on-campus classes and no students or faculty was present during this incident.

The driver, identified as 34-year-old Steven Eugene Edwards II, was arrested. Deputies say Edwards gave them multiple contradicting reasons as to why he did not yield to an emergency vehicle. Marijuana and drug paraphernalia were found in the vehicle.

Edwards is facing charges of Resisting Law Enforcement, Reckless Driving, Criminal Recklessness, Violation of a State Emergency Order and Possession of Marijuana.

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(This story was originally published on April 16, 2020)

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