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Deputies say man was driving very drunk with a young child aboard

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Jack Hatfield. Source: Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office Jack Hatfield. Source: Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office

On Thursday, just before 7 P.M. deputies with the Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office tried to make a traffic stop of a black F150 pickup truck. That was near West Franklin Street and Wills Avenue. 

They say the driver initially refused to pull over. They followed him into an ally between Igleheart and Corbierre where the truck finally came to a stop.

Once deputies approached the vehicle the man later identified as Jack Hatfield reportedly refused to turn off the truck. Deputies say Hatfield's 6-year-old son was screaming for them to help him.

The say Hatfield had hold on his son's arm and would not let go. Deputies had to force Hatfield's hand off, before he was helped out of the vehicle.

Deputies say they could smell alcohol, and that Hatfield was having trouble standing up. They put him in handcuffs, and Hatfield apparently told them that he was drunk, and had been driving and they should go ahead and arrest him.

Once he was read his rights, deputies asked him why he didn't initially stop for them. Hatfield told them he was just trying to get back home to drop his son off.

When they asked why we wouldn't let go of his son he told deputies that he knew he was going away for a long time and that and wanted to tell his son goodbye.

Upon further questioning, deputies say Hatfield gave them this explanation: He said that he and his girlfriend had gotten into an argument, and that he started to chase her in his truck. 

Neighbors of Hatfield say they heard the argument and heard a loud crash; which was, apparently his girlfriend driving through the garage door. They say Hatfield chased her around the block several times, almost crashing into several items in an alley.

Once in custody, Hatfield agreed to take a chemical test. The test registered a .21% BrAC.

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