Jackson County
Sheriff's Office
Brownstown, Indiana
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Men Arrested after ATV Chase

Monday April 25TH, 2016 @ 10:51 PM

Deputy Adam Nicholson engaged in a vehicle pursuit on Monday night around 10:50 pm. The pursuit began when Deputy Dustin Steward attempted to stop two 4 wheel ATV’s in the 4000 block of North CR 650 West (Thompson Road).

Deputies were sent to the area to investigate a report of 4 wheelers being on the roadway. Steward attempted to stop the 4 wheelers based on prior information he had that one of the drivers was a habitual traffic violator for life. That individual was Robert L. Taylor, 35, of Freetown. Taylor stopped when emergency lights were activated, and he was arrested on a level 5 felony of HTV life.

The other 4 wheeler did not stop for Steward, so Nicholson gave chase to that 4 wheeler and the pursuit headed north on County Road 650 West. Reserve Deputy Brad Barker was in the area and joined in the pursuit. The chase continued east on State Road 58 toward Freetown and then turned north on County Road 550 West, which is a dead-end road. The 4 wheeler then traveled off road heading northeast through a farm field. The driver crashed in the field and fled on foot. Reserve Deputy Kevin Settle had caught up to the pursuit and assisted in the foot chase. The driver, Ronald Zike was caught and a Taser was used to subdue him.

Zike was in possession of Methamphetamine, Marijuana, and paraphernalia. A loaded .40 caliber handgun was also found on the 4 wheeler Zike used to evade police. It was learned during the investigation that Zike is a convicted felon which makes it illegal to possess a handgun. After being checked at Schneck Medical Center, Zike was transported to the Jackson County Jail. The following charges are being requested;


  1. Possession of a handgun by a convicted felon- Level 5 felony
  2. Possession of Methamphetamine- Level 6 felony
  3. Resisting Law Enforcement with a vehicle- Level 6 felony
  4. Possession of Paraphernalia- Class A misdemeanor
  5. Possession of Marijuana- Class A misdemeanor


Assisting with the incident was JCSD Reserve Deputies Brad Barker and Kevin Settle, along with Medora Reserve Officers Jonathan Tabor and Levi Caudill.