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High-speed pursuit ends with arrest

By ROSS FLINT - rflint@shelbynews.com

A high-speed pursuit that started in Shelby County on Interstate 74 ended with the use of stop sticks in Decatur County and resulted in the arrest of a Connersville man.

Kevin Fehl, 29, was arrested and charged with carrying a handgun without a license, resisting law enforcement and criminal recklessness while armed with a deadly weapon after leading officers from the Shelbyville Police Department and Shelby County Sheriff’s Department in a pursuit that reached more than 135 miles an hour on the interstate Sunday night.

Shelbyville police initially tried to make a traffic stop after seeing Fehl disregard a stop light at the intersection of State Road 44 East and Amos Road. Police caught up to the Chevrolet Cobalt driven by Fehl, who then turned on to East Michigan Road. Police activated the emergency lights at the intersection of Saraina Road.

The Chevrolet appeared to pull into Rasner’s parking lot, then took a sharp left turn into the McDonald’s parking lot. Fehl drove around the parking lot and headed back toward East Michigan Road, where he quickly increased speeds from 15 miles per hour to 45.

The Chevrolet’s speed continued to climb to 80 miles per hour and Fehl disregarded another stop light at the intersection of Progress Parkway, according to the police report.

Fehl started to pass other vehicles on curves and double yellow lined lanes and was seen sliding through corners. The Chevrolet then turned on to the 124 ramp, where it almost ran into a cement barricade, at the Shelby-Decatur county line while driving around 80 miles per hour.

The Chevrolet reached speeds that fluctuated between 100 to 131 miles per hour between mile markers 123 and 132, and reached around 135 miles per hour at one point on the interstate.

The Decatur County Sheriff’s Department released stop sticks at mile-marker 133 but was unsuccessful. The department released a second set one mile later and successfully hit the driver’s side tires.

One of the tires flew off the car at mile-marker 137 and rolled down the interstate, according to the report, but the Chevrolet continued on, slowing to 80 miles per hour.

A third set of stop sticks punctured the passenger side tires, causing the Chevrolet to swerve off and on the interstate, eventually forcing it to come to a stop at mile-marker 142.

Fehl complied with police once he was stopped. The Chevrolet belonged to Parker J.L. Smeltzer, who Fehl referred to as “Odey” to police and said his friend had allowed him to borrow the car.

Police found a .44 caliber black powder pistol, a 9 mm Derringer and a black plastic box that had 9 mm and .38 special rounds. The .38 revolver and Derringer were both loaded at the time. Fehl said while being interviewed that he did not know that the guns were in the Chevrolet.

Fehl was also wanted on a warrant in Fayette County and told police he was in Shelbyville to visit family before turning himself in Monday at the Fayette County Jail.

He remains in the Shelby County Jail on $1,005 bond.