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Tell City man jailed after fleeing police, ramming trooper’s car

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PERRY COUNTY – An attempt to pull over a wanted Tell City man early Saturday resulted in a lengthy vehicle pursuit and suspect in jail.

Around 12:40 a.m. Saturday, Trooper Jeremy Galloway was patrolling Ninth Street in Tell City when he watched a 2009 Pontiac G6 disregard a stop sign at Ninth and Steuben streets. Galloway recognized the vehicle as that belonging to 30-year-old Blake Hensley of Tell City, state police staid. Galloway knew that Hensley had an active arrest warrant through Warrick County for battering a police officer. 

Galloway caught up to the Pontiac and attempted to pull Hensley over. However, Hensley allegedly accelerated, fleeing from Galloway towards Troy.Hensley led Galloway along Indiana 66 to Troy, north to Saint Marks and eventually east to Deer Creek Road near Indiana 66.

Galloway had been told by assisting officers that they were in position on Indiana 66 near Rocky Point in Perry County, should the pursuit lead back into that direction. As Hensley was nearing Indiana, he allegedly crashed into Galloway’s police car, causing front end damage to Galloway’s vehicle. After crashing into Galloway, Hensley turned west onto Indiana 66 and continued toward Rocky Point.

After passing Rocky Point and driving along Indiana 166 into Tobinsport, Perry County Chief Deputy Eric Dickenson joined the pursuit as Hensley drove through campgrounds, a soybean field and crashing into a shelter house. After getting back onto Indiana 166, Galloway had pulled in front of Hensley in an attempt to slow him down and stop him. Hensley drove off the roadway, ran over a street sign, came back onto Indiana 166 and crashed into the rear of Galloway’s police car. Hensley drove off the road again, and again when back on Indiana 166, crashed into the passenger side of Galloway’s police car.

Deputy Daymion Marsh successfully deployed tire deflation devices across Indiana 166 near Millstone Road, causing Hensley’s tires to deflate. Hensley eventually drove off of the roadway and began running from officers into the woods.

Trooper Kurtis Blunk and Tell City Police officers chased after Hensley, catching him as he ran into the Ohio River. After not complying with officers and fighting them as they tried to place him into custody, Hensley was tased by Tell City Police. He was then handcuffed and walked back to the roadway.

Hensley was lodged in the Perry County Detention Center.

State Police was assisted by Chief Deputy Eric Dickenson and Deputy Daymion Marsh, and Tell City Police officers, Lt. Roger Smith and Officers Heather Glenn, Ash Meserve and Jeff Casebolt.

 

Hensley faces a long list of charges:

• Resisting Law Enforcement with a Vehicle, Level 6 Felony

• Criminal Recklessness while Driving Aggressively, two counts, Level 6 Felony

• Resisting Law Enforcement, Class A Misdemeanor

• Reckless Driving, Class B Misdemeanor

• Operating While Intoxicated, Test Refusal, Class C Misdemeanor