Driver who fled Bloomington police crashed in Martinsville; Escapes hospital

The driver of a vehicle that fled from Bloomington Police last Thursday later crashed in Martinsville, but the driver, later escaped from a hospital in Marion County, according to court documents obtained by The Bloomingtonian Wednesday.

Oshawn McCullough, 29-years-old, of Bloomington, led the Bloomington Police Department on a high-speed pursuit that was terminated due to high speeds on I-69. However, the BPD alerted law enforcement in Morgan County that the suspect would be driving in their direction.

Members of the Bloomington Police made a traffic stop after McCullough was driving left of center, but after they told him to exit the vehicle, he put the car in gear and sped away.

A deputy from the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department began pursuing the driver of a black Cadillac Escalade north of the Monroe-Morgan line after seeing the car that matched the description. The driver of the Cadillac, a Black male wearing a pink shirt, was driving at a high rate of speed, and weaving in and out of traffic without signaling after passing the deputy.

McCullough exited the interstate before the construction zone and began traveling through Martinsville still failing to stop even when being followed by the deputy with lights and sirens activated.

The vehicle continued even after entering a roadside ditch, then sideswiped a Honda SUV, and still continued northbound in the southbound lane. The deputy gave the commands over a public announcement system, “Stop, police,” but the McCullough rolled up his tinted window, and continued.

As McCullough approached Burton Lane in Martinsville a member of the Martinsville Police Department was unsuccessful in deploying stop sticks as the Cadillac drove around the police officer. Finally, the driver may have struck a stop stick near the CVS with the passenger-side tires, but he began to lose control and collided head-on with another vehicle. The deputy said after the car rolled across southbound lanes and onto the shoulder the driver attempted to exit the damaged Cadillac.

With the fleeing driver leaning out the window with his arms extended the deputy pointed a gun at him and told him to exit the vehicle. The driver, who said he couldn’t exit the vehicle, was then removed by the deputy.

The driver, “immediately began complaining of pain and telling us not to kill him,” according to the deputy.

McCullough driver was life lined to IU Health Methodist Hospital where he was put into a medically induced coma and was expected to be treated for his injuries for at least a couple days. However, on August 6th the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office learned that the suspect ran out of the hospital. McCullough is still at large at the time of the writing of this story on Wednesday, August 11th.

A deputy spoke to McCullough’s mother on a cell phone after the crash, and she told them she’d told the suspect to stop and surrender during the pursuit.

Investigators found a blue and silver 1911 Taurus .45 ACP on the floorboard behind the driver’s seat of the wrecked Cadillac. The gun had one round in the chamber and seven more rounds in the magazine.

Two separate bundles of cash were located in McCullough’s pockets totaling 2329-dollars. According to the report, the currency consisted of 14 – $100, 46 – $20, 1 – $5 and 4 – $1.

On the way out of town, McCullough struck another vehicle on W. Third Street. The court document indicated the driver of the other vehicle hit head-on in Martinsville was injured, and taken to IU Health Bloomington. The woman hit head-on by the Cadillac suffered serious injuries, including a broken femur.

McCullough is being charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious felon; resisting law enforcement causing serious bodily injury; leaving the scene of an accident causing serious bodily injury; three counts of leaving the scene of an accident causing property damage; carrying a handgun without a permit; and reckless driving.

Indiana MyCase shows McCullough was charged with three counts of dealing cocaine or a narcotic drug in 2014, and since leaving the hospital in Indiana, is now in violation of probation. The driver missed a court appearance Wednesday.

Several messages from The Bloomingtonian to the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department over the past several days seeking information about the crash went unanswered.

Under Indiana law, criminal charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

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