A police chase that reached upwards of 90 miles per hour on Interstate 74 ended with the arrest of an Indianapolis man, following the report of a theft at Rural King.
James Schrier, 29, was arrested and charged with resisting law enforcement, theft of at least $750 but less than $50,000 in value, driving while suspended with a prior suspension within 10 years, criminal recklessness and reckless driving, after leading Shelbyville police on a chase through town and onto the interstate early Thursday morning.
Police initially responded to a report from a security guard at Rural King that people in three vehicles were stealing pallets. While on their way, dispatch informed officers that all three vehicles had left, with one pulling a trailer.
That vehicle was seen getting onto Interstate 74 eastbound from State Road 44.
Some officers got onto the interstate while another took East Michigan Road on the chance that one of the drivers returned to Shelbyville from the exit 119 mile marker.
That officer spotted an SUV pulling a trailer and after getting clarification on the vehicle’s description, turned around and started a pursuit.
The SUV had no plate or working lights and police tried to initiate a stop. The driver then fled, running a red light at Michigan Road, according to the incident report.
Another officer joined the pursuit and the SUV continued onto State Road 44, where it switched into the westbound lane while going east because it was moving too fast to make the turn. No traffic was there at the time.
The driver reached the interstate and went westbound and almost lost control because the trailer was not very secure. The pursuit continued between 80 and 90 miles per hour before the driver, who was later identified as Schrier, got off the interstate at mile marker 99.
The driver did not stop at the stop sign and continued back onto the ramp to return to the interstate.
The SUV then came to a stop and Schrier put his hands out the window.
Schrier obeyed commands with a K9 deployed and was taken into custody. A female passenger was also detained.
He said the female was his girlfriend, who he picked up before going to Rural King. He admitted to going to Rural King with the intent to steal wood pallets from behind the store, according to the report.
When he arrived, he said two other trucks were already there and he did not know the other people.
Schrier said he did not take any pallets before leaving the store and that his girlfriend had no knowledge of his plan.
The pursuit ended when he said he ran out of fuel.
Schrier was released on his own recognizance. He has a court date set for 8:30 a.m. Aug. 19.