A Madison woman is facing multiple charges after a vehicle pursuit led to her arrest just outside of North Vernon.
Cara Ross, 49, faces Level 6 felony charges of resisting law enforcement with a vehicle and criminal recklessness with a vehicle, as well as a misdemeanor charge of reckless driving, following an incident Thursday evening on July 8.
At approximately 8:46 p.m., on July 8, Officer Adam Driver with the North Vernon Police Department (NVPD) was assisting K9/ Officer Shane Trepanier with an unrelated incident at the Dollar Tree located off of State Road 7 when Officer Driver witnessed a Toyota pickup truck driving recklessly while traveling northbound on State Road 7, according to court documents.
After the truck almost caused another vehicle to crash, Officer Driver activated his emergency lights and siren and caught up to the pickup, driven by Ross.
Officer Driver recorded speeds at about 85 mph on State Road 7. After catching up to the truck and attempting to signal it to stop, the driver began to waive an obscene finger gesture out of the window.
As he continued to pursue the truck, Officer Driver requested assistance from other officers. Jennings County Sheriff’s Deputy Garrett Hoppock was able to deploy a tire deflating device at County Road 500 N. The suspect vehicle struck the device. Its tires were disabled and the vehicle stopped just before County Road 800 N.
Officer Adam Driver and K9/ Officer Shane Trepanier were assisted by deputies Hoppock, Morgan Gabbard and Sergeant Doug Brown. The driver was taken into custody and initially gave a false identity. She was soon identified as Cara Ross, 49, of Madison.
After Ross was read her rights and questioning ensued, she gave mention of needing to catch a plane at the airport, according to court documents. Two dogs were also found inside the truck Ross had been driving.
It was determined through the investigation that Ross was not intoxicated. She was transported to the Jennings County Jail. She made a court appearance on Tuesday, July 13 and was released on a Promise to Appear that same day. Ross’s initial hearing is scheduled for Aug. 6.
The North Vernon Police Department would like to recognize the teamwork and assistance of the Jennings County Deputies involved.