High-Speed Chase Ends in Crash, Arrest in New Castle

Aaron Phelps led police on a high-speed chase in New Castle, Indiana, crashing into a parked police car at 60 mph. He was arrested and charged with resisting law enforcement and reckless driving after the pursuit ended.

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High-Speed Chase Ends in Crash, Arrest in New Castle

High-Speed Chase Ends in Crash, Arrest in New Castle

A high-speed pursuit in New Castle, Indiana ended in a crash that totaled a police car and led to the arrest of the suspect, Aaron Phelps of Portage. The incident unfolded on Friday, May 12, 2024, around 11:15 p.m. when a Cadiz town marshal initiated a pursuit of Phelps on State Road 38 following a traffic stop.

Why this matters: This incident highlights the risks law enforcement officers take daily to protect the public, and it serves as a reminder of the importance of complying with traffic laws to prevent such dangerous situations. The consequences of reckless driving can be devastating, resulting in injuries, fatalities, and significant property damage.

Phelps fled from the traffic stop, leading multiple law enforcement agencies on a dangerous chase. New Castle police, Henry County sheriff's deputies, and state troopers were involved in the pursuit. At one point, Phelps swerved into oncoming traffic, narrowly avoiding a head-on collision with a police vehicle.

In an attempt to evade stop sticks, Phelps drove through yards, prompting authorities to close a portion of State Road 38 to traffic. A New Castle officer deployed stop sticks near the intersection of State Road 38 and State Road 3. However, Phelps crashed his vehicle into the side of a parked New Castle patrol car at an estimated speed of 60 mph. The collision caused significant damage to both vehicles.

Fortunately, the officer was not inside the patrol car at the time of the crash. New Castle Police Chief Matt Schofield emphasized the severity of the situation, stating, "If the officer had been sitting in his patrol car, he would have received major injuries or may have died." New Castle Police Chief

Following the crash, Phelps complied with police commands and exited his vehicle. He was transported to IU Health Ball Memorial for medical treatment before being released into police custody. Phelps was subsequently booked into the Henry County Jail on preliminary charges of resisting law enforcement with a vehicle and reckless driving.

The high-speed chase and resulting crash serve as a stark reminder of the dangers law enforcement officers face in the line of duty. The incident also highlights the importance of responsible driving and compliance with traffic laws to ensure public safety on the roads. Phelps now faces serious charges for his reckless actions that put lives at risk and caused significant property damage.

Key Takeaways

  • Aaron Phelps led police on a high-speed chase in New Castle, IN, on May 12, 2024.
  • Phelps crashed into a parked police car at 60 mph, totaling the vehicle.
  • Fortunately, the officer was not inside the car and no one was injured.
  • Phelps was arrested and charged with resisting law enforcement and reckless driving.
  • The incident highlights the risks of reckless driving and the dangers faced by law enforcement.