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Near Head-On Crash with Trooper leads to Brief Chase and Two Arrests

Near Head-On Crash with Trooper leads to Brief Chase and Two Arrests

Bill Stephens

August 15th, 2016


Posey County – Around 9:10 a.m. Sunday, Indiana state Police report Trooper Kylen Compton was patrolling on West Franklin south of SR 62 when the driver of a 2004 Chevrolet Impala drove left of center almost hitting his patrol car head-on. They say the trooper immediately turned around and attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver refused to stop and continued north on West Franklin. The driver then turned onto Broadway from West Franklin and slowed down just enough to allow his passenger to jump out. The driver continued east on Broadway.

According to ISP, Trooper Compton stopped and identified the passenger as 25 year old Daniel Fenwick of Evansville. A wanted check revealed he had an outstanding warrant for failure to appear for driving while suspended in Vanderburgh County.

Police say while Trooper Compton was gathering information a motorist stopped to inform him that a vehicle had crashed about two-miles down the road on Broadway. Officers found the 2004 Chevrolet Impala on Broadway west of Posey County Line Road where it appeared the driver had lost control in a curve and struck a fire hydrant. Authorities report the driver had fled the scene prior to officers arriving.

Indiana State Police, Vanderburgh County and Posey County Sheriff’s Department set up a perimeter and were waiting for an Indiana State Police K-9 to arrive when a Vanderburgh County Deputy spotted the driver walking down Lower Mt. Vernon Road near Posey County Line Road. The driver, identified as 28 year old Chris Basham of Evansville, was arrested without incident and taken to the Posey County Jail where he is currently being held on bond.

Police indicate Fenwick was also arrested and taken to the Vanderburgh County Jail.

Arrested and Charges:

• Chris Basham, 28, Evansville, IN
1. Resisting Law Enforcement with a Vehicle, Level 6 Felony
2. Habitual Traffic Offender for Life, Level 5 Felony
3. Reckless Driving, Class B Misdemeanor

• Daniel Fenwick, 25, Evansville, IN
1. Outstanding Failure to Appear Warrant

The Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Department and Posey County Sheriff’s Office assisted ISP.

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