Father, son arrested after chase

Pair riding motorcycles flee from police at 100 mph on U.S. 31

A father and son were arrested after they fled from police on their motorcycles at speeds of 100 mph this weekend.

A Johnson County sheriff’s deputy spotted the pair speeding on U.S. 31 south of Franklin about 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. He turned around to pull them over, but they took off, according to a Johnson County Sheriff’s Office report.

Christian Woessner, 20, 112 N. Walnut St., Edinburgh, was arrested on charges of resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, reckless driving, driving while suspended with a prior conviction and false informing. His bond amounts were doubled because he is on probation for another offense and he was released from the Johnson County jail on $8,000 bond, the report said.

Gary Woessner, 45, 513 S. Main St., Apt. A, Edinburgh, was arrested on charges of resisting law enforcement with a vehicle and reckless driving. He was released on $2,000 bond.

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They were initially driving about 85 mph on U.S. 31, but got up to 100 mph during the chase, the report said.

At one point, both drivers slowed down as though they were going to stop and a deputy got out of his police car, but both motorcycles took off again, the report said.

The pursuit left U.S. 31 and headed onto Old U.S. 31 and then County Road 250 South, the report said.

Neither man was hearing a helmet, and Christian Woessner was arrested after he almost wrecked and came to a stop, the report said.

He told the deputy that he didn’t know that the officer was trying to stop him, and that he didn’t know the identity of the other driver, the report said.

His father slowed down at that time, but then sped away, the report said. Another deputy found him and arrested him.

Gary Woessner couldn’t explain to police why they decided to flee rather than stop, the report said.

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Michele Holtkamp is editor of the Daily Journal. She can be reached at mholtkamp@dailyjournal.net or 317-736-2774.