Wrong-Way Driver Arrested for DUI in Evansville After Pursuit, Crash

Evansville Police Department

A Mt. Vernon man spotted driving the wrong way on Green River Road in Evansville on Thursday night was arrested on multiple charges after police say he led officers on a brief pursuit before eventually crashing his car.

Posted: Mar 12, 2021 11:01 AM
Updated: Mar 12, 2021 11:05 AM

26-year-old Victor C. Wells of Mt. Vernon was arrested on Thursday night after the Evansville Police Department says he fled from multiple law enforcement agencies while under the influence before crashing his car on the city's east side.

EPD says the incident started when officers spotted Wells driving the wrong way on Green River Road while speeding in and out of traffic on Thursday night.

Officers only pursued Wells for about 30 seconds, according to EPD, before his vehicle went over a median, hit a dumpster, then an electrical box, and finally a parking pole, before coming to a rest behind an area restaurant.

Wells was taken into custody and transported to an area hospital. While there, EPD says Wells slapped an officer who was trying to restrain him.

Victor Carl Wells of Mt. Vernon, Indiana was booked into the Vanderburgh County Jail on the following charges:

  • Battery Against Public Safety Official
  • Resisting Law enforcement
  • Reckless Driving

EPD says it was later discovered that Newburgh Police had chased Wells shortly before EPD's contact with him, possibly explaining his hurry through Evansville.

EPD's Message to the public? "Be the friend you'd want someone else to be to you and don't let others around you drink and drive!"

No one was injured as a result of the incident.

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