Arrest follows chase through Johnson County

A Shelbyville man was arrested after a police chase that crossed from Shelbyville through Johnson County to Columbus.

Jason K. Baxter, 41, was arrested on charges of escape, resisting law enforcement and criminal recklessness with a vehicle. He was arrested after leading Shelbyville and Indiana State Police on a chase beginning at 9 p.m. Monday.

Shelbyville police said the chase started after an officer saw Baxter and realized that he was supposed to be turning himself in to Shelby County officials to serve a 30-year sentence, the police report said. The Shelbyville officer followed Baxter’s vehicle and turned on his emergency lights, and a chase began, reaching speeds of 80 mph or more.

The pursuit went west on State Road 44, evading stop sticks just inside Johnson County. Baxter’s vehicle then got onto Interstate 65 and headed south, reaching speeds of more than 100 mph, Shelbyville police said.

The vehicle got off I-65 near Edinburgh and headed south on U.S. 31. Police arrested Baxter after the vehicle crashed in Columbus.

A passenger in the vehicle was released.

Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at or (812) 379-5631.