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Two men arrested after theft, pursuit from Shelbyville Rural King

Two men were arrested followiing a Shelbville Police pursuit that ended near Franklin Tuesday.


Shelbyville Police responded to Rural King at 1800 E. State Road 44 on Tuesday for a theft and battery complaint. Information provided at the time of the dispatch put officers on the lookout for a gray Buick with a license plate registered to a person in Indianapolis.


Officers observed a vehicle that matched the description traveling south on S. Pike St. from Broadway Street moments later. When a stop was attempted the vehicle fled at a high rate of speed and left Shelbyville on W. State Road 44 with officers in pursuit. The suspect vehicle continued westbound to a location near I-65 in Franklin. At that location a Franklin police officer was successful in deploying tire deflation devices with the suspect vehicle being disabled and stopping at State Road 44 and Jim Black Road just east of I-65.


The vehicle contained a driver and a passenger who resisted being taken into custody and were forcibly removed from the vehicle by police.


The driver, Chad Edward Johnson, 33, of Indianapolis, was charged preliminarily with two counts of Resisting Law Enforcement, OVWI and Reckless Driving. 



A passenger Jay Allen Smith, 52, of Shelbyville, was preliminarily charged with Theft and Resisting Law Enforcement. Both are in the Shelby County Jail.



Officers from Shelbyville Police, the Shelby County Sheriff Dept., Indiana State Police, Franklin Police and Johnson County EMS responded. Several stolen power tools were recovered from the vehicle.


The investigation continues and more charges may follow.