02/15/2001

Kentucky man in jail after police track down speeding car on I-65
[Greenwood, IN]

By Paul Bird Staff Writer
February 13, 2001, Tuesday, City Edition
Copyright 2001 The Indianapolis Star
The Indianapolis Star
February 13, 2001, Tuesday, City Edition

(GREENWOOD, Ind.) -- After hearing a Johnson County Sheriff's Department dispatch about a car speeding on northbound I-65, State Police Trooper Tyler Utterback said he clocked the car with radar at 118 mph.

It took Utterback more than six miles to run down the vehicle Friday at 10:30 p.m. Johnson County Sheriff's Deputy William Pfifer followed close behind.

Two miles south of Greenwood, one of the speeding car's front tires blew apart, but the driver continued to maintain speeds of 85 to 90 mph, Utterback said.

Near the Greenwood exit, the car slowed down and police said Ramon Rodriguez, 33, of Louisville, Ky., jumped out of the 1996 Ford Probe while it was still moving.

Utterback and Pfifer chased Rodriguez by foot and arrested him.

Once at the Johnson County Jail, Rodriguez allegedly attempted to spray a jail officer with glass cleaner, a police report said.

Rodriguez was booked and held Monday on $9,000 bail on charges of resisting law enforcement, operating a vehicle while intoxicated, battery, reckless driving and receiving stolen auto parts.

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