Connersville man arrested after allegedly trying to run over ISP trooper
Authorities say a Connersville man was arrested on several charges early Saturday after fleeing police and allegedly trying to run over an Indiana State Trooper who fired his weapon at the vehicle.
Police say Chad Neukam, 39, was arrested on initial charges of resisting law enforcement (fleeing, a Class D felony) being an habitual traffic violator (also a Class D felony) and possession of marijuana (a Class A misdemeanor).
According to an ISP news release, while on routine patrol about 12:40 a.m. Trooper Aaron Edwards observed Neukam driving a pickup truck near 3rd Street and Western Avenue that did not have its headlights on.
Edwards attempted to stop the truck, but Neukam reportedly fled the scene and drove west out of the city limits on Indiana 44-West, with Edwards in pursuit.
Connersville police reportedly assisted Edwards in trying to stop Neukam’s truck, which turned south onto Columbia Road and eventually struck a tree.
As Edwards approached the truck, Neukam reportedly got his vehicle running and attempted to run over Edwards, who was able to avoid being hit. Edwards then fired a shot at the truck with his handgun. Neukam stopped the vehicle and surrendered, the release said.
Neukam was transported to Fayette Regional Health Systems for treatment of injuries sustained in the crash and to undergo toxicology tests. Authorities say he was not injured by the gunfire.
After he was released from FRHS, Neukam was lodged in Fayette County Jail.
Police are continuing an investigation; more charges could be filed against Neukam. — kh