By Dani Palmer
The Herald Bulletin
ALEXANDRIA, Ind. — The man who led police on a chase near Alexandria Sunday evening did so after an officer attempted to pull him over for reckless driving, according to the Alexandria Police Department.
Jeffrey T. Duvall, 25, of Alexandria, was arrested on preliminary charges of resisting law enforcement, reckless driving, driving without a license, operating a vehicle while intoxicated with a prior and driving while suspended with a prior.
According to a press release issued by the police department, an officer was sitting in his patrol car in the parking lot of Cox's Supermarket around 8:20 p.m. Sunday when a blue Pontiac Grand Am entered the lot at a high rate of speed, sliding sideways.
The officer attempted to pull the car over, however, the driver did a U-turn, jumped over a curb and began fleeing westbound on Broadway Street in excess of speeds 60 mph, the press release said.
Alexandria police continued to chase the man, who at one point reached speeds in excess of 90 mph, until he crashed his vehicle near the intersection of county roads 1100 North and 300 West near Alexandria, police said.
Alexandria police, with the assistance of the Madison County Sheriff's Department and the Alexandria Fire Department, chased him through the woods on foot until he was apprehended.
The driver was transported to Community Hospital in Anderson and later identified as Duvall.
While authorities searched the area with police dogs, the Madison County Emergency Management Agency was called in to assist in the shutdown of westbound traffic at 200 West and 1100 North and eastbound traffic at 300 West and 1100 North for about an hour.
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