Belligerent Florida Man Facing Felony Charges After Police Pursuit; DCSC Squad Car In Accident (BLOTTER)

JASPER (NNDC) – Jasper police arrested a Florida man after he led officers on a short, but high-speed pursuit early Saturday morning.

JPD arrested 26-year old Toby Shelly of Bradenton, Florida was taken into custody at about 1:40 Saturday morning after the pursuit ended in the parking lot of the Fazoli’s restaurant on Third Avenue.

Police say Shelly’s vehicle accelerated at a high rate of speed after he turned east onto Third Avenue from Main Street. A JPD officer had been following the vehicle for several blocks starting near 2nd and Clay streets.

After the pursuit ended, police suspected Shelly was intoxicated, but he refused any standard field sobriety tests or PBT (preliminary breath test).

Police say Shelly was then taken to Memorial Hospital for a blood draw but refused.

A warrant was obtained by police for blood and/or urine samples but police say Shelly again refused.

Police say Shelly was also belligerent and continued to scream and yell after several requests for him to stop.

He has been charged with a Class 6 felony count of Operating While Intoxicated (with a prior conviction), a Level 6 felony of of Resisting Law Enforcement, and two counts of Class B misdemeanor Disorderly Conduct.


A Dubois County Sherriff’s Department deputy was involved in a property damage accident at the intersection of 6th and Chestnut streets in Huntingburg early Friday night.

DCSD says deputy Jesus Monarrez and his K-9 Karma were heading north on Chestnut in Monarrez’s squad car responding to a report of an injury accident near the intersection of Indiana 64 and Indiana 161 (Holland Junction). DCDS says the squad car’s emergency lights and siren activated.

DCSD says the squad car collided with a second car driven by 25-year old Ameenuddin Syed of Jasper. Syed’s car was traveling east on Indiana 64. DCSD says deputy Monarrez did not see the Syed vehicle approaching and pulled into the intersection. The right front of Monarrez’s patrol car struck the right
front of Syed’s.

There were no injuries from the accident to either driver or the K-9.

The Huntingburg Police Department is investigating the crash. No citations were issued.

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