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Suspect Apprehended After Early Morning Pursuit in Evansville

We’re told officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a red Volkswagen Jetta. The vehicle then refused to stop and sped away before crashing into a fire hydrant and knocking over a street sign on the corner of Shanklin and Grove Street.

Posted: Jun 10, 2021 11:59 AM
Updated: Jun 10, 2021 10:23 PM

A suspect was taken into custody after fleeing Evansville Police during an early morning pursuit Thursday.

We’re told officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a red Volkswagen Jetta. The vehicle was driven by 62-year-old Patrick Blackwell of Evansville.

Blackwell refused to stop and sped away before crashing into a fire hydrant and knocking over a street sign on the corner of Shanklin and Grove Street.

Deputies say during the course of the pursuit, Blackwell threw a handgun out of the window. The gun was recovered by officers near the Maryland Street bridge. Suspected narcotics were also found. Officials say the handgun was loaded.

We’re told Blackwell pulled into an apartment complex parking lot where a passenger in the vehicle jumped out while the car was still moving. Officials say the passenger was trying to escape the vehicle to not be involved in the pursuit. 

The passenger was injured when they jumped from the vehicle and is being treated at an area hospital. We’re told the passenger is not facing any formal charges at this time.

Blackwell was taken to the Vanderburgh County Jail without force after the crash. He is facing several charges that involve the pursuit, the handgun, and the passenger.

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Temperatures dipped back into the upper 30s and low 40s for many of us early this morning, marking our coldest start to a day in Evansville (where we fell to 41°) in more than a week. Fortunately, the chilly start to the day didn't mean that our afternoon would be a loss, it was anything but - in fact, after seeing temperature around 57° by our lunch hour, afternoon highs crept back into the mid to low 60s area-wide; we hit 63° in the River City - while that's still 2° shy of the norm for October 27th, we'll take a 3° increase over yesterday's high of 60°. The clear skies that allowed temperatures to climb as high as they did earlier on however, are on their way out as our next round of rainfall inches ever closer. The remainder of the evening ahead should remain dry, but isolated rainfall will return to the Tri-State as early as the overnight and predawn hours Thursday.
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