WLKY’s Addie Meiners provides an explanation of the events that took place. Around midnight, police officers from Scott County began pursuing a driver who was reportedly traveling at 120MPH on I-65 South. Our officers in Clark County were prepared with stop sticks. Although the vehicle did hit the stop sticks, it continued to speed southwards, albeit at a slightly slower pace of around 80MPH.
At this point, the driver collided with a state trooper who was inside his patrol car, resulting in minor head injuries. Thankfully, the trooper has been released from the hospital.
The driver, identified as 27-year-old Dylan Taylor from Charlestown, was subsequently arrested and taken to Clark County Jail on multiple charges, including criminal recklessness and driving with a suspended license. It was discovered that Taylor had a child and a woman in the car with him.
The woman had an outstanding warrant and was also booked into Clark County Jail. After the crash, the suspect fled on foot and hid near the Sports Drome Speedway near I-65.
Eventually, the police apprehended him while investigating the initial crash. Meanwhile, a UPS semi-truck driver collided with three other stationary semi-trucks, causing a fire.
It is unclear what exactly happened, but it seems that the driver failed to notice the stopped traffic and did not slow down, resulting in a fatality for one driver. A passenger in the sleeper cabin of the semi-truck was taken to the hospital and is now in stable condition. Sergeant Huls of the Indiana State Police acknowledges the increase in police pursuits and states that troopers are undergoing training to better handle such situations.
These training sessions will include the implementation of techniques like the PIT maneuver to prevent and de-escalate these incidents in the future..