The Herald Bulletin

July 31, 2013

Woman arrested, allegedly tried to escape police twice

By Jack Molitor
The Herald Bulletin

ANDERSON, Ind. — A woman is in custody after reportedly nearly causing a wreck, screaming at officers in the street, attempting to flee on foot and attempting to escape from a police car on Monday afternoon.

Whitney N. Perry, 22, of Anderson, faces charges of driving without a license, resisting law enforcement, battery and escape after the incident, which involved two off-duty sheriff’s deputies and Anderson police officers. Perry was also wanted for alleged probation violation.

According to Madison County Sheriff’s Department Maj. Brian Bell, two off-duty deputies, Lance Blossom and Justin Webber, had just finished working out at a gym on the city’s north side near the 2400 block of Lafayette Street. The officers reported a blue Pontiac G6 didn’t indicate a turn and almost caused an accident.

When the officers left their vehicle to speak to the driver, Bell said, the female driver almost immediately got out of the car and started screaming in the middle of the street. When the officers called for backup, the woman started running east.

With the help of a neighbor, police eventually caught up with Perry, handcuffed her and placed her in a patrol car while they searched her record to find out why she ran. Perry opened the car door and started running again, according to the police report. Sheriff’s deputies, with the help of Anderson police, quickly tracked down Perry again.

The officers learned Perry was wanted for allegedly violating probation. In an incident in February 2012, Perry punched a police officer during an attempted arrest and later pleaded guilty to charges of battery, resisting law enforcement and false informing. She was sentenced to 24 months, with 18 on in-home detention and six on probation. According to public record documents, a petition for her probation to be revoked was filed in February, and a warrant was issued for her arrest.

“It’s one of those things that should be obvious,” Bell said. “When a police officer tells you to do something, you don’t try to run away.”

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