Vigo Co. deputies arrest man after high speed chase

Derek Harlan (Provided photo/Vigo County Sheriff's Office)
Derek Harlan (Provided photo/Vigo County Sheriff's Office)

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WISH) – A Vigo County man was arrested Monday night after leading deputies on a high speed chase.

According to a release, a Vigo County Sheriff’s deputy was driving near Third and Oak streets in Terre Haute when he saw a Pontiac Grand Am pass him at a high rate of speed.

The officer turned on his emergency lights in an effort to pull the vehicle over. The Grand Am continued through a red light, through a business parking lot and drove through multiple red lights. The car stopped and the driver, later identified as Derek Joseph Harlan, got out of the car and laid face down, a release said.

Officials say the deputy asked the driver why he refused to stop and he said “he wanted attention from police so he could go to jail.” He also told police he thought he was wanted on a domestic battery warrant. Police say Harlan did not have any outstanding warrants.

Harlan was arrested and taken to the Vigo County Jail and preliminarily charged with resisting arrest with a motor vehicle and criminal recklessness with a motor vehicle.

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