North Vernon man arrested after motorcycle chase

Robert Vogel; photo courtesy of Jennings County Sheriff’s Dept.

A North Vernon man was arrested after a motorcycle chase Monday evening. The Jennings County Sheriff’s Department says that at approximately 6:38 p.m., Deputy Thomas Mellencamp tried to stop a motorcycle for expired registration and disregarding a stop sign at Country Manor and Stoningham Way. The motorcycle allegedly accelerated and a pursuit began. Authorities pursued the motorcycle to Earlham Way where the driver, 37-year-old Robert Vogel, allegedly drove through a field. They say the motorcycle then entered a wooded area and crashed. Vogel then allegedly fled on foot. Deputy Mellencamp gave chase and caught Vogel after about 100 yards.

Authorities say that Vogel was wanted on warrants out of Jackson and Jennings counties. After being cleared by Rescue 20, Vogel was booked into the Jennings County Jail on the following preliminary charges:

Resisting Law Enforcement with a Motor Vehicle – Level 6 Felony
Resisting Law Enforcement – A Misdemeanor
Driving while Suspended with a Prior Conviction – A Misdemeanor
Reckless Driving – B Misdemeanor
Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Accident – B Misdemeanor

Vogel was being held on $2,055 bond.