1 arrest after robbery, pursuit

Police respond to bank near outlet stores

A man was arrested after a bank robbery near Edinburgh and a pursuit that reached speeds of more than 100 mph through Johnson County.

Police were first called to MainSource Bank, located off U.S. 31 just north of Edinburgh Premium Outlets, about 12:30 p.m. after the bank was robbed. The bank reported a man wearing a construction hat and reflective vest walked in, gave the teller a note that said he had a weapon and demanded money and then left.

Bank workers gave police a description of the robber and the vehicle he left in, and departments in the area began watching for him.

A Johnson County Sheriff’s Office deputy spotted the vehicle just south of the Franklin exit on Interstate 65, and tried to stop the car. The driver got off the interstate in Franklin and then got back on, continuing north, according to the sheriff’s office report.

Speeds reached 110 mph, and other local departments joined in the pursuit. At County Line Road, the vehicle got on and off the interstate again, continuing north, the report said.

The vehicle got off I-65 on Raymond Street, and eventually turned onto Shelby Street, going airborne when crossing railroad tracks. The vehicle struck a second car, and the driver of that car was treated by emergency workers at the scene, according to a news release from Indiana State Police.

If a passenger had been in that vehicle, they likely would have been seriously injured, Johnson County Sheriff Doug Cox said.

Gary Ewing, who police said was driving the vehicle, was taken to an Indianapolis hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries. Ewing told police at the scene that he was going at least 120 mph, according to the sheriff’s office report.

Ewing, 35, Indianapolis, was expected to be arrested on charges related to the bank robbery and pursuit after being released from the hospital, according to a news release from the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office, which is investigating the bank robbery.

Investigators have found items at the scene of the crash that would connect Ewing to the robbery, the release said. The sheriff’s office continues to investigate and was getting a search warrant for Ewing’s vehicle on Wednesday afternoon, the release said.

“This was a team effort. When the community and law enforcement work together, these are the kind of results we have,” Bartholomew County Sheriff Matt Myers said.

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Annie Goeller is managing editor of the Daily Journal. She can be reached at agoeller@dailyjournal.net or 317-736-2718.