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Decatur to Bartholomew pursuit ends with arrest

An Ohio man was arrested following a pursuit from Decatur into Bartholomew counties.


About 10:00 pm Wednesday, the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s deputies received information that the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office was in a vehicle pursuit west on East SR 46 from the Bartholomew / Decatur County line.


The suspect vehicle was traveling west on East 25th Street from the junction of North SR 9 and E SR 46.  BCSO Deputy Grant Carlson deployed stop sticks in the 6100 block of E 25th Street which caused two tires to deflate and the vehicle’s speed to drop to around 40 mph.


The suspect later turned into the parking lot of Planet Fitness before crashing into a raised concrete curb in the Subway drive thru.  The driver, identified as Wade Bruffett, 44, Harrison, Ohio, was taken into custody without further incident.


Deputies located containers of alcohol and drug-related items inside Bruffett’s vehicle.  It is suspected that Bruffett was intoxicated during the incident.


The investigation is ongoing by the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office.