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PERRY COUNTY – A Perry County man was jailed early Saturday after allegedly leading police on a vehicle chase that began near Interstate 64 and only ended when he crashed his sport-utility vehicle into Cannelton’s floodwall.
State police said it was around midnight when a motorist called 911 about a white Ford Explorer weaving in the lane of travel at the 88-mile marker. The caller followed the vehicle as it exited onto Indiana 37 and traveled south toward Tell City. Trooper Jeremy Galloway was in the area and attempted to stop the Explorer for allegedly traveling 88 mph in a 55-mph zone.
However, the driver, later identified as Stephen B. Curl, 23, of Cannelton, refused to stop, police said, initiating a pursuit that lasted 35 minutes. Police said Curl led officers over state and county roads and the pursuit finally ended at First and Herzeele streets in Cannelton when Curl, traveling north on First Street, swerved to miss a concrete barrier at Herzeele Street and collided with the floodwall.
Curl was uninjured in the crash but allegedly continued to resist officers as they attempted to take him into custody. After getting Curl into custody, officers located illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia both on him and in his vehicle.
Curl was offered and submitted to a test for intoxication. He preliminarily tested positive for amphetamine, methamphetamine, opiates and cannabinoids. He was transported to the Perry County Jail without further incident on a Class B felony charge of possession of a controlled substance; a Class D felony of resisting law enforcement and misdemeanor charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Assisting state police were Crawford County and Perry County sheriff’s deputies, Tell City Police Department and the Cannelton Police Department.