Jackson County
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Freetown Woman Arrested after Pursuit

May 2, 2016 at 11:55am


Jackson County Sheriff’s Reserve Deputy Mitch Ray witnessed a vehicle run a stop sign at County Roads 100 East and 600 North in Hamilton Township. Deputy Ray activated his emergency lights to initiate a traffic stop, but the vehicle fled and Deputy Ray took pursuit with speeds reaching 100 mph.


The pursuit traveled to the intersection of County Roads 400 East and 600 North in the Cortland area where it continued North, then East on State Road 258 towards Seymour.


The chase ended after five miles on the west side of Seymour near Bell Ford Drive when the vehicle driven by Melissa Sue Burton, 32 of Freetown finally came to a stop.


Burton and a passenger were ordered out of the vehicle and placed into custody. It was determined that Burton was wanted on a Jackson Circuit Court Warrant for Failure to Appear. Burton later told Deputy Ray that she did not know he was behind her.


In addition to the Warrant, Ray is requesting a new charge of Resisting Law Enforcement with a vehicle against Burton. No charges were requested against the passenger.


Ray was assisted by officers from the Seymour Police Department and Indiana State Police.