MT. VERNON – Two men have been arrested after a police chase early Wednesday morning extended through three counties.
According to a Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Facebook post, a deputy with the sheriff’s office attempted a traffic stop of a vehicle at Markham City Ln. and Route 15 in eastern Jefferson County when the vehicle fled westbound on Route 15. The chase then turned onto Harmony Ln. where the vehicle crossed into Marion County. Marion County deputies deployed spike strips, flattening at least one of the vehicle’s tires. The chase continued onto Highway 161 and into Wayne County. After striking a couple of Marion County squad cars, the vehicle stopped near Johnsonville.
The two in the vehicle, 22-year-old Cody Collins of Woodlawn and 23-year-old Austin Kehrer of Mt. Vernon, were both taken into custody.
Collins was arrested for aggravated fleeing and attempting to elude, possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver, possession of less than five grams of meth, obstructing justice, and driving while license suspended.
Kehrer was taking into custody for possession of a controlled substance and possession of less than five grams of meth.
Both men are currently lodged at the Jefferson County Justice Center. The pair could each face more charges out of Marion and Wayne Counties.