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Lewisport man leads low-speed chase through three counties

A Lewisport man led police on a long but slow speed chase Saturday morning after being found asleep at the wheel in the middle of the road.
Layne G. Neal, 26, was found sleeping at the wheel of his Volkswagen in the 6700 block of state Route 144 after deputies with Daviess County Sheriff’s Department were alerted to the stopped car at 4:32 a.m. Saturday.

According to Major Barry Smith, chief deputy with DCSO, when a deputy approached the car and woke Neal, he then took off, nearly hitting the officer.
Neal leaving wasn’t just a matter of being confused from being awoken, he said.
“We had the lights on behind him, so at some point he was alert enough to take off in the car,” said Smith.

Although officers were in pursuit at that point, it wasn’t a high-speed chase.
“The pursuit never reached any high speed,” he said. “It was a low-speed pursuit behind him to get him stopped but it did go on for a while.”
The pursuit lasted 28 miles and wound through parts of Daviess County, Hancock County and Ohio County, where it finally ended in Fordsville at the intersection of state Route 54 and state Route 69 when Neal pulled over as suddenly as he’d fled.

“All indications he just decided he’d stop,” said Smith. “Sometimes that happens.
“Sometimes people, it takes a while for their better judgment to come upon them and I think it did him and he decided to stop,” he said, “and he was taken into custody at that point in time without any kind of incident.”

Neal was arrested and taken to Daviess County jail and charged with DUI first offense, fleeing/evading police in a motor vehicle, wanton endangerment first degree, reckless driving, and possession of marijuana.

By Dave Taylor

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