A 29-year-old Corvette driver and his female passenger are in jail now after speeding away Friday afternoon from officers in two Indiana counties and trying to hide from them, first behind a home and then in a cemetery, during a chase that lasted more than two hours.
Indiana Police say Jackson McClendon, 29, of Columbus, Ga., faces charges of resisting law enforcement with a vehicle and reckless driving. Those charges are on top of pending warrants in Georgia, where McClendon is wanted for aggravated assault against a law enforcement officer, reckless driving, and credit card fraud.
Indiana State Police clocked McClendon going 86 mph in a 70 mph zone in his tan Corvette around 4:15 p.m. on I-70 West, but when they tried to pull him over, he fled and turned north onto Indiana 59 at a high rate of speed, committing several traffic violations as Sgt. Jared Nicoson gave pursuit but eventually lost sight of the car.
Shortly after, Nicoson spotted the Corvette again heading south on Indiana 59, gave chase, but again lost sight of the car.
Another deputy in Vigo County, Kris Morris, heard about the chase and spotted the Corvette but again McClendon evaded capture.
The Clay County 911 Dispatch Center then received a call from a citizen saying that a tan Corvette drove through her yard and parked behind her house, with the passenger offering her money if she would help them hide from police. She refused and called authorities instead.
More than two hours after the chase began, at 6:30 p.m., Nicoson finally spotted fresh tire tracks in the grass at a cemetery near the Clay County/Vigo County line and found the Corvette, though minus the driver. The passenger, 24-year-old Kdaijah Clifttela Lanier of Phenix City, Ala., was taken into custody near the car, however, and McClendon was subsequently arrested on foot east of the cemetery around 6:45 p.m. by Deputy Jamie Switzer of the Clay County Sheriff’s Department.
McClendon and Lanier (who was herself wanted in Alabama for check forgery) are being held at the Clay County Justice Center.
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