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Police Chase Ends with One Arrest

Cameron Bradley Harmon / Photo: Johnson County Jail
Cameron Bradley Harmon / Photo: Johnson County Jail

An Indianapolis man faces a number of charges following a police chase early Tuesday morning in Johnson County.

The Johnson County Sheriff's Office says 18-year-old Cameron Bradley Harmon, of Indianapolis, is charged with resisting law enforcement, possession of a controlled substance, unlawful entry, theft, auto theft and operating a vehicle without ever receiving a license.

According to a report from the sheriff's office, Officer James Reese was sitting near the intersection of State Road 135 and Stones Crossing Road in Greenwood when he noticed two cars going north on 135. He noticed the lead car did not have any tail lights on the vehicle.

When the officer tried to stop the car near the intersection of State Road 135 and Demaree, a chase began with speeds reaching 115 mph. The chase continued down County Line Road, Royal Meadow Drive, and then Railroad Road. When police reached the T-intersection of Stop 11 and Railroad Road, the suspect's car was going 90 mph. The car was unable to make the turn westbound and left the roadway going up and over the train tracks.

Before the car came to a complete stop, Officer Reese saw the driver and passenger doors open. The officer chased them on foot into a neighborhood telling them to stop. The suspects then split up, and the officer then chased the driver, who was Harmon. He was caught in the backyard of a house near the intersection of Venetian Way and Kelso Drive.

Officer Reese says Harmon identified himself, and as they were walking back to the patrol car, the officer found a large plastic pill bottle that contained two types of white pills. After doing a search on the Internet, six of the pills were 500 milligram acetaminophen pills and seven were 750 milligram hydrocodone pills.

The officer read Harmon his rights and was asked why he ran. Harmon told the officer he didn't have a license and that the car was stolen.

Another deputy on the scene then searched through the vehicle and located a number of possible stolen items including two law enforcement mag lights, an external hard drive, a GPS, a collapsible baton, one pair of Oakleys with case, one black leather glove, one empty black leather holster, and one leather bag containing business supplies.

The officer asked Harmon why he had the two mag lights in the car. Harmon said he had brought them from home. He also told the deputy the baton belonged to him. When asked if there was any marijuana in the car, Harmon said no and noted "the car smelled like that when we stole it."

Bargersville Police confirmed the GPS had been stolen from a home in Bargersville. It was returned to its owner. One of the mag lights belonged to the Bargersville Police Department and was returned. Officer Reese also confirmed that a Bargersville police car had been broken into overnight. Bargersville Police will be filing the charges in reference to their police vehicle and in numerous thefts from vehicles that have been reported.

Harmon is lodged in the Johnson County Jail.

Last Updated: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 11:07:42 AM

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