In the early morning hours of Saturday, July 10, officers with the North Vernon Police Department (NVPD) chased and caught a suspected drunk driver after a traffic stop in the parking lot of the Circle K Shell Gas Station on North State Street in North Vernon.
The event began when Officer Michael Holliday observed a red Chevrolet Cavalier fail to dim it’s high beam head lamps for on coming traffic. Officer Holliday stopped the car and interviewed the driver. During this initial contact Officer Holliday noticed signs that the driver, Edward Eugene Brown III, 24, of Greensburg, appeared impaired.
Officer Holliday directed Brown to exit his vehicle. Brown complied but then attempted to run north into the KFC parking lot. Officer Lucas Newsom, Officer Adam Jackson and Officer Austin Grunden had arrived on scene and assisted in catching the fleeing Brown.
Once back in custody, Brown began giving false information regarding both his name and date of birth. His true identity was eventually determined. Officer Holliday also discovered that Brown is currently on home detention with Jackson/Jennings Community corrections. He was supposed to be at his place of work at the time of the incident and failed to report to his detention officer that he wasn’t at work. This is Brown’s third felony OVWI (operating a vehicle while intoxicated) charge. Brown was transported and incarcerated at the Jennings County Jail.
Brown was charged with the following:
- Operating while intoxicated with a prior conviction within 5 years — Level 6 felony
- Driving while license suspended — A misdmeanor
- Resisting law enforcement — A misdemeanor
- False informing — B misdemeanor