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High Speed Chase Ends With Arrest, Meth Found

Posted On September 20, 2017

By Mike Perleberg

(Madison, Ind.) – A Madison man is in jail after leading a two-county police chase this past weekend.

Madison Police attempted to stop 33-year-old Charles E. Luckenbill for a non-illuminated plate light and failure to signal a lane change just before 3:00 a.m. Saturday, The Madison Courier reports. However, Luckenbill sped off at speeds up to 90 MPH.

The chase went north on State Road 56 and side roads into Switzerland County. Officers used stop sticks to slow the fleeing vehicle.

Luckenbill allegedly collided with a Switzerland County deputy’s cruiser. He then fled on foot into some woods, but officers soon found and arrested him.

Police say a handgun, a digital scale, and methamphetamine were found in the vehicle during a search. The driver, however, denied knowing the items were in the car.

Luckenbill allegedly told officers he fled due to not having a driver’s license and having a probation violation warrant out for his arrest.

A woman in the vehicle with Luckenbill told police that she had asked him to stop the vehicle several times and not flee from police.

Luckenbill is charged with Criminal Confinement (level 5 felony), Resisting Law Enforcement (level 6 felony), Criminal Recklessness (level 6 felony),  Operating Without a License (misdemeanor), Resisting Law Enforcement (misdemeanor) and Criminal Mischief (misdemeanor).

A Jefferson County judge ordered Luckenbill held for 15 days to allow for the filing on possible probation violation charges. After that, he must post a $50,000 cash only bond to be released.