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Police pursuit leads to drug charges


Police arrested two people Saturday after a pursuit across the city, a crash and an injury to a police officer.  

Fayette County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Kyle McMurry reported that he stopped a Cadillac at Ariens Avenue and 8th Street for failure to signal a turn at about 9:45 p.m. Saturday.

McMurry said he told the car’s driver, identified as Travis Halveland, that his K9 partner Zeno would search the vehicle’s exterior. McMurry went to retrieve the dog. Halveland allegedly restarted the car and drove away, heading east on 8th Street, McMurry said.

According to the police report, near Mulberry Street, Halveland appeared to dump a white substance from his vehicle after retrieving it from the back seat. Halveland then ran two red lights and turned north on Eastern Avenue, where he appeared to throw a bag of a white substance out the window, the report states.

Then, CPD Lt. Kevin Perry tried to stop the car at 17th and Park Road but the driver swerved around Perry’s police vehicle, according to police.

A slow pursuit continued on Park Road. Perry put his police vehicle in front of the Cadillac, forcing it to turn onto 27th Street. Halveland allegedly spun his vehicle, striking a curb, and then drove at Perry’s vehicle, striking it in the side.

The Cadillac also hit a parked vehicle, forcing it into a second parked vehicle. Both park cars were reportedly totaled.

The Cadillac stopped near 27th Street and Ohio Avenue, where officers pulled Halveland out of his vehicle and placed him in handcuffs.

Officers also took the passenger, Tessa Owens, into custody. Police transported both to Fayette Regional Health System for clearance for incarceration.

Officers reported finding a white powder on the seat of the Cadillac.

Police charged Travis G. Halveland, 39, 1104 W. 8th St., with battery and dealing in methamphetamine, Level 5 felonies; obstruction of justice, resisting law enforcement, possession of methamphetamine, Level 6 felonies; aggressive driving, a Class A misdemeanor; criminal recklessness, a Class B misdemeanor; and reckless driving, a Class misdemeanor. His bond has been set at $179,000.

Tessa R. Owens, 22, 2036 Grand Ave., is charged with dealing in methamphetamine, a Level 5 felony, and possession of methamphetamine, a Level 6 felony. Her bond has been set at $45,000.

Fayette County Emergency Medical Services transported Perry to FRHS for treatment after being struck by a tire of a police vehicle approaching the scene.

Connersville Police Officers Joe Becker, Josh Tudor and Scott Shook and Deputy Justin Gray assisted.

Indiana State Police Trooper Luke Tipton completed the accident report.

Conviction of a Level 5 felony could result in a sentence of one to six years and a Level 6 felony conviction could bring a sentence of six to 30 months.

Persons arrested are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.