Evansville Men Under the Influence of K2 Arrested After Police Chase, Crash

Two Evansville men were arrested on multiple charges Wednesday after Indiana State Police says they led a Trooper on a chase while under the influence of K2 before crashing and fleeing on foot.

Posted: Jan 7, 2021 11:53 AM
Updated: Jan 7, 2021 4:52 PM

According to Indiana State Police (ISP), two Evansville men were arrested after leading a Trooper on a brief chase Wednesday afternoon.

According to ISP, Trooper Widner initiated a traffic stop Wednesday after seeing a 2005 Jaguar driving left of center on Broadway Avenue near Bayou Creek Road.

Brett Salmon, Left, Kwauntai Flax, Right

ISP says the driver of the Jaguar turned into a residence off of Broadway Avenue but suddenly turned around in the yard and started to flee.

The Trooper then called off the chase due to safety concerns, but as he was advising dispatch of the last known direction of travel, he saw the vehicle crashed off of Broadway at Nurrenbern Road, but noticed that the driver and passenger had fled from the vehicle.

After spotting the vehicle's passenger running through a back yard, the Trooper began a foot chase, arresting the man moments later without further incident.

After securing the passenger, Trooper Widner observed the driver running east through a yard near a wood line. A short time later, Vanderburgh County sheriff’s deputies located the driver hiding in the woods and took him into custody.

The passenger was identified as Kwauntai Flax, 23, of Evansville. The driver was identified as Brett Salmon, 22, of Evansville.

Salmon and Flax were having difficulty breathing, so they were both transported by EMS to Deaconess Midtown Hospital where they were treated and then released.

According to ISP, further investigation revealed both men were under the influence of the drug K2.

Salmon is currently being held without bond.

Flax is currently being held on a $100 bond.

ISP says that the driver had also struck another vehicle on Broadway during the events, causing minor injuries to the female driver, but that she was not transported to an area hospital.

Arrested and Charged:

Brett Salmon, 22, Evansville, IN

  1. Resisting Law Enforcement with a Vehicle, Level 6 Felony
  2. Resisting Law Enforcement, Class A Misdemeanor
  3. Operating a Vehicle while Intoxicated causing Injury, Level 6 Felony
  4. Operating a Vehicle while Intoxicated, Class A Misdemeanor
  5. Leaving the Scene of a Crash with Injury, Level 6 Felony
  6. Reckless Driving, Class A Misdemeanor
  7. Operating a Vehicle without ever obtaining a Driver’s License, Class C Misdemeanor

Kwauntai Flax, 23, Evansville, IN

  1. Resisting Law Enforcement, Class A Misdemeanor
  2. Arresting Officer: Trooper Tyler Widner, Indiana State Police
  3. Assisting Officers: Sgt. Compton, Trooper Backes, Trooper Fox, Trooper Rafferty, Trooper Stewart, and Trooper Vennekotter
  4. Assisting Agency: Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office

Both men were transported to the Vanderburgh County Jail.


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