DATE: Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021
SUBJECT: Fleeing Suspect Flips Vehicle then Fights with Deputies
CONTACT: Sheriff Dave Wedding or Major Mark Rasure
AUTHORITY: Sheriff Dave Wedding

Shortly before 11 PM yesterday evening a Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s deputy attempted to stop a silver Nissan Altima in the area of Diamond Avenue and Saint Joseph Avenue because the driver had run off the edge of the roadway a few times. Rather than stopping, the driver, later identified as Brad Cole of Evansville, led the Sheriff’s Office on a pursuit before losing control and completely flipping his vehicle. Cole was not wearing a seatbelt at the time and as a result was ejected from the driver seat into the rear passenger seat of his car. Determined to avoid arrest Cole then climbed out of the window in an attempt to run; however the deputy gave chase.

The pursuing deputy deployed his Taser against the suspect as he was reaching into his waistband, but the Taser proved ineffective. The chase continued until another deputy joined in to help subdue Cole as he fought them. While Cole was being taken into custody deputies located suspected methamphetamine and marijuana. Cole was transported to a local hospital due injuries sustained when his vehicle crashed, and will be arrested for the following charges upon his release: resisting law enforcement, battery on law enforcement, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, reckless driving, and driving with a suspended license.

Arrested Brad Cole, 39, of Evansville

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