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Teens charged with attempted murder of police officer after crash

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Cody Cashion (Source: Clark County, IN Jail) Cody Cashion (Source: Clark County, IN Jail)
The GMC Yukon Cashion and the juvenile were in. The GMC Yukon Cashion and the juvenile were in.
Officer Jason Tackett's wrecked police car. Officer Jason Tackett's wrecked police car.
Chief Mark Palmer Chief Mark Palmer

CLARKSVILLE, IN (WAVE) - Cody Cashion's mother calls her love for him unconditional. But she wouldn't argue with sending him to jail for what Clarksville Police claim that he and a 16-year-old friend did on Greentree Boulevard at about 4:30 a.m. Wednesday.

"He not only could have killed that officer, he could have killed the juvenile in the truck with him," said Sally Reed.

According to Clarksville Police Chief Mark Palmer, Officer Jason Tackett, an 11-year-veteran with a wife and two children, has body braces and walks on crutches after a head-on collision with a GMC Yukon.

Tackett was part of a pursuit that began when a woman called 911 to complain that Cashion and the juvenile had been drinking and causing a disturbance before leaving in the borrowed Yukon.

"Cody'd never even had a license," Reed said. "A girl had just been letting him use that car."

"The subject tried to speed up and evade," said Palmer. "A small pursuit through these parking lots ensued."

The collision spun Tackett's 2012 Dodge Charger police cruiser halfway around. Palmer said the rear end of the cruiser crashed into the Yukon a second time.

"It rolled over the cop car," said Reed. "I don't know how they survived it, but they got out and ran."

Cashion and the juvenile are charged with Attempted Murder, Operating While Intoxicated, Resisting Arrest, Battery, and Reckless Driving.

"We're charging them both as the driver," said Palmer. "Neither wants to admit they were driving the vehicle."

Cashion's mother describes his life as a roller-coaster ride. "And not a fun one," she said.

Juvenile records are sealed, but Reed told WAVE 3 News that Cashion's run-ins began when he was 9-years-old. In October, less than one month after his 18th birthday, he was charged with underage drinking and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Four days before Christmas, he was arrested for theft.

All three charges were pending when he bonded out of the Floyd County Jail earlier this week, records show.

"The harder I tried to keep him out of trouble, the harder he worked to get in it," Reed said.

Cashion's Facebook profiles and photos detail a teenager fascinated with guns, drinking and flouting authority.

"If he knows the seriousness of it (the criminal charges), he's not acting like it," Palmer said.

Reed wants Tackett and his family to know that she's sorry for her son's actions.

"There's nothing else you can say. I'll love (her son) and stand by him," said Reed. "But he needs to be in jail. It'll get him straight or make him worse - one or the other."

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