A Winamac man was arrested Friday after a short pursuit with a North Judson police officer.
An officer was called to the Route 10 Bar and Grill shortly after 11 p.m. CT after a call came in about a hit and run accident. A subject reportedly hit a parked vehicle in the parking lot and fled the scene. The responding officer noticed a vehicle traveling south of State Road 39 shortly after the call was made. The officer followed the vehicle that crossed the center line and the fog line, according to a news release.
When the vehicle got near Pulaski County Road 700 North and State Road 39, the driver made a quick stop, slammed on the brakes, and put his pickup in reverse. By doing this, police say he backed into the officer’s squad car. The suspect continued into his driveway. The officer followed and took 32-year-old Charles R. Bradley of Winamac into custody. Bradley faces preliminary charges of battery, resisting arrest, leaving the scene of a property damage accident and operating a vehicle dangerously while intoxicated.
The responding officer was treated and released from IU Health Starke Hospital.
The squad car sustained $2,500 in damages. The Starke County Sheriff’s Department and the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department assisted at the scene.