Evansville man arrested for resisting law enforcement

Courtesy: Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office
Courtesy: Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office

A 28-year-old Evansville man is facing charges of resisting law enforcement after a car chase and foot pursuit this morning on Evansville's southeast side.

Evansville Police responded to a call of shots fired in the area of Sunburst Boulevard around 2:00 a.m.

Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Deputy, Robert Schmitt, and his K9 partner, 'Boss', who were also in the area at the time, saw a blue Chevy Malibu leaving the general area of the shots fired call at a high rate of speed.

The driver of the Malibu, later identified as Lusta William Johnson, failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Pollack and Weinbach Avenue.

Deputy Schmitt attempted to stop the Mailbu as it traveled north on Weinbach, but Johnson refused.

Deputy Schmitt pursued the Johnson for several blocks until Johnson lost control and spun out at Spring Street and Monroe Avenue.

Johnson got out the car and fled on foot.

Evansville Police officers and sheriff's deputies set up a perimeter as Deputy Schmitt and 'Boss' started to track Johnson.

Johnson was ordered to stop several times, but he refused and continued to run.

Johnson was finally located in an open garage on South Weinbach where he was arrested.

Officials say during the chase Johnson tried to get rid of a gun he was carrying. They tell us it was found in the area of Taylor and Spring St. in a back yard not far from where he was arrested.

He was treated and released from a local hospital for bites and scratches.

Johnson is facing charges of resisting law enforcement, habitual traffic offender for life, and hit and run.

The sheriff's office says the only relationship between this incident and the original shots fired call appear to be Johnson's

The investigation is ongoing.

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