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Suspect arrested after short pursuit from Walmart

A vehicle pursuit followed a shoplifting call from the Shelbyville Walmart Tuesday.


On December 29 the Shelbyville Police Department responded to Walmart for a theft in progress.  Officers were advised the suspect was leaving in a small green passenger car. 


Officers located the vehicle and attempted to conduct a traffic stop as the vehicle was leaving Walmart.  John David Earl Curtsinger started to stop then took off leading officers on a vehicle pursuit.  Curtsinger was able to enter I-74 eastbound where he struck a dump truck and crashed into the median.


Officers conducted a felony traffic stop on Curtsinger and took him into custody without any further issues.  Curtsinger advised he felt he was injured due to the crash and medics were called to check Curtsinger’s medical condition.  It was determined that Curtsinger would be transported to MHP for evaluation.


Curtsinger was cleared by MHP and was transported to the Shelby County Jail.. Curtsinger was booked in for the following preliminary charges: resisting law enforcement (L6 Felony), Theft (L6 Felony), OVWI Endangerment (A/M), & Reckless Driving (C/M).