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James W. Boyd. Source: Vanderburgh County Detention Center James W. Boyd. Source: Vanderburgh County Detention Center

14 News was first on the scene as deputies arrested a driver they say led them on a chase after two hit and runs on Wednesday evening.

Police first got the call of a hit and run near Rosenberger and the Lloyd Expressway, then another call minutes later of a sideswiped vehicle near Red Bank Road.

Sheriff's deputies then caught up with the driver at a relative's home on Boehne Camp Road. The suspect is in jail and his passenger tells 14 News alcohol was involved.

Deputies say the driver, 34-year-old James W. Boyd, was drunk with his brother in the passenger seat when he led them on a chase to his niece's house, who had no idea what her uncle had just brought home.

"A lot of cop cars, lot of cop cars, about four K-9 units," Jessica Hill, the suspect's niece, said. "We came running outside and we get guns pointed at our face telling us to get on the ground, get on the ground." 

Jessica Hill recounts the moments when police and sheriff's deputies came looking for her uncle who they say had just led them on a chase after two hit and runs.

"I was scared. I didn't know what was going on," Hill said. "As we were coming out, they already had Todd on the floor by the truck. They already had him on the ground and as we ran out, I'm guessing James ran in."

The Todd she's referring to is Todd Boyd. Todd tells 14 News he was the passenger in this truck driven by his brother James. He says the two were on their way home after a drinking at a bar in Haubstadt.

"We started drinking and he said, 'I'm alright. I've only had two drinks and started drinking and what not he can still drive, I'm sober. Sober,'" Todd told 14 News.  

 But deputies say Boyd wasn't sober when he hit two cars and took off.

"I seen red, white, and blue coming down the hill. Boof. We come home. Boof. Law enforcement was behind us. I don't know what happened. I was a passenger," Todd said. 

The sheriff's department says the suspect suffered a bite wound after a K-9 unit found him inside. His family is left to wonder why.

"I wish he wouldn't have did it. I don't understand why he did it. I really don't," Hill said. 

James Boyd is in jail after being treated at a hospital. He's facing charges of resisting law enforcement, driving under the influence, and hit and run.

Deputies say his brother, Todd, won't be charged. They say he fully cooperated and is being considered an unwilling passenger.

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