Bedford man leads Indiana State Police on pursuit in stolen car on the 4th of July

Staff report

Bedford, Ind. – July 4, 2023

A Bedford man was arrested on Tuesday afternoon, July 4, 2023, following a pursuit on Tunnelton Road in Lawrence County, which led to his arrest on multiple charges.

Bloomington District Trooper Cody Brown attempted to pull over a 2012 blue Hyundai for a traffic violation. The vehicle was spotted heading northbound on Tunnelton Road, before the driver, later identified as 27-year-old Douglas Holbrook from Bedford, Indiana, refused to stop, resulting in a brief pursuit.

The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department and additional Troopers from the Indiana State Police provided their assistance. Trooper Tyler Trueblood tried to use stop sticks, but Holbrook skillfully avoided them.

Then the Hyundai passenger vehicle collided with a fence and a 2014 white Buick. Holbrook sustained injuries and was taken to IU Health Bedford.

The ISP soon discovered that the owner of the Hyundai had recently reported it stolen to the Bedford Police Department. Holbrook was wanted on a warrant for Possession of Methamphetamine, a Level 5 Felony; Resisting Law Enforcement, a Class A Misdemeanor; and Possession of Marijuana, a Class B Misdemeanor.

Following his release from IU Health, Holbrook was taken into custody and transported to the Lawrence County Jail. He now faces charges of Resisting Law Enforcement, a Level 6 Felony; Operating While Intoxicated under Controlled Substance, a Class C Misdemeanor; and the arrest warrant.

All individuals accused of a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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