Slow-speed chase through Bartholomew, Johnson counties leads to arrest

Donald Seawood. Photo courtesy of Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department

Note: This story has been updated.

An Indianapolis driver was arrested after a low speed chase through Bartholomew, Johnson and into Marion counties Wednesday evening.

According to the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department, a deputy on patrol noticed a vehicle driving at 36 mph in a 55 mph zone on northbound U.S. 31 near West County Road 550N at 8:28 p.m. Wednesday evening. The vehicle then came to a sudden stop in the middle of the road, before heading north again on the highway.

The deputy attempted to stop the vehicle as the driver took the northbound ramp to Interstate 65, but the driver continued onto the interstate. That’s where he made unsafe lane changes, drove on the shoulder, and made several speed changes. Officers from other agencies joined in the pursuit and deployed tire deflation devices. But the driver continued on despite running over six of the tools.

Finally at a speed of 24 mph on the interstate in the Southport area, an officer from the Beech Grove Police Department used his patrol vehicle to force the driver into a spin and stop. Police arrested 71-year-old Donald Seawood of Indianapolis and he was taken back to the Bartholomew County Jail. He is facing charges of resisting law enforcement using a vehicle and operating a vehicle without a license.

The sheriff’s department says Seawood has had at least three previous cases of resisting law enforcement with a vehicle.