Two Evansville Men Arrested After Fleeing Deputies, Crashing Into Utility Poles

Two Evansville men were arrested on the same day after fleeing from Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Deputies during two separate traffic stops, with both chases ending in both fleeing men crashing into utility poles.

Posted: Dec 31, 2020 4:49 PM
Updated: Jan 1, 2021 2:40 PM

Two unrelated traffic stops performed by Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office resulted in the arrests of two Evansville men after the sheriff's office says they fled from deputies.

Both chases and arrests occurred on Tuesday, Dec. 29, with the first traffic stop occurring early that morning around 1:00 a.m.

According to VSCO, a deputy attempted to stop a blue Hyundai for an equipment violation in the area of Highway 41 and Maxwell Avenue. The sheriff's office says the vehicle slowed down for a moment, then fled towards the inner-city.

The driver of the blue Hyundai fled through inner-city streets and alleyways before eventually striking a utility pole in the 800 block of East Iowa Street. According to the sheriff's office, the driver then fled on foot but his location was reported by a concerned citizen.

The citizen's report led to officers locating the man hiding on the deck of a nearby residence, at which point he was taken into custody.

The man was identified as 28-year-old Zachary Pribble. When Pribble was taken into custody, the sheriff's office says he was found to be in possession of a plastic bag containing a white crystal-like substance that field-tested positive for methamphetamine.

Arrested and Charged:
Zachary Scott Pribble, 28, Evansville

  • Dealing Methamphetamine with Enhancements as a Level 3 Felony
  • Possession of Methamphetamine with Enhancements as a Level 5 Felony
  • Resisting Law Enforcement as a Level 6 Felony, Resisting Law Enforcement as a Class A Misdemeanor
  • Hit and Run as a Class B Misdemeanor
  • Operating Without Ever Receiving a License With a Prior Conviction as a Class A Misdemeanor
  • Operating without Insurance with a Prior Conviction as a Class C Misdemeanor
  • Reckless Driving as a Class A Misdemeanor

Much later that same night, deputies with the sheriff's office encountered a similar situation.

VCSO says the second chase occurred around 11:46 p.m. on Tuesday night when deputies attempted to stop a red Honda Accord after the driver failed to signal a turn. Instead of stopping, the sheriff's office says the driver accelerated and fled.

As the pursuit continued, the driver failed to negotiate a slight curve in the roadway. The vehicle then struck a light pole and came to a stop at the intersection of Covert Avenue and South Weinbach Avenue.

The driver, who was identified as 29-year-old Joshua Dale Irwin of Evansville, was then taken into custody. Irwin was transported to a local hospital as a precaution and later booked into the Vanderburgh County Jail on multiple felony charges.

A passenger in the vehicle, a pregnant female, was treated by AMR paramedics and transported to St. Vincent Hospital for abdominal pain.

Arrested and Charged:
Joshua Dale Irwin, 29, Evansville

  • Criminal Recklessness as a Level 6 Felony
  • Resisting Law Enforcement as a Level 6 Felony
  • Operating Without Ever Receiving a License as a Class C Misdemeanor
  • Reckless Driving as a Class A Misdemeanor

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