Man facing charges after leading police on chase

Man facing charges after leading police on chase
Paul Clifton Barger, Jr., 27, of Westport Indiana, faces multiple charges after driving recklessly and fleeing police.

SCOTTSBURG, Ind. (WAVE) - A Decatur County, Indiana man has been arrested after leading officers through two counties before crashing.

Just after 2 p.m. Thursday, Sellersburg police received 911 calls about a pickup truck driving recklessly on I-65 North near Jeffersonville. Callers said the driver and passenger were also hanging out the windows, making obscene gestures towards other drivers.

An Indiana State Police trooper saw the truck make a number of lane changes without signaling and pass large commercial vehicles on the right by using the emergency lane.

The truck being driver by Paul Barger crashed after entering the median of I-65 near the 35 mile marker. (Source: Indiana State Police)
The truck being driver by Paul Barger crashed after entering the median of I-65 near the 35 mile marker. (Source: Indiana State Police)

The trooper also said the truck would slow down or stop in a traffic lane for no reason and drove into the median on several occasions. At one point, the truck exited I-65 at the Memphis exit, but ran the stop sign at the bottom of the ramp and got back onto I-65 North.

As police caught up to the truck and began to pursue it, the driver went into the median and crashed near the 35 mile marker, north of Scottsburg.

Troopers arrested the driver, Paul Clifton Barger, Jr., 27, of Westport Indiana, on multiple charges including reckless driving and driving under the influence. The female passenger was not charged.

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