Man tried to run over trooper with his pickup truck, police say

Trooper fires shot at truck

CONNERSVILLE, Ind. - A man was arrested early Saturday morning after he tried to run over an Indiana State Police trooper with his pickup truck, police said.

Trooper Aaron Edwards was working a DUI patrol about 12:40 a.m. near Third Street and Western Avenue when he saw a truck that was driving without headlights turned on, Sgt. John Bowling said.

The trooper began following the truck, and the driver of the truck began speeding up, traveling westbound on State Road 44, police said.

"After turning south from SR44, the vehicle ended up on Columbia Road, where it drove into a field and hit a tree," Bowling said in a news release. "As Trooper Edwards got out and approached to check on the suspect's welfare, the suspect got the truck moving and attempted to run over Trooper Edwards."

Edwards was not hit and fired a shot at the truck, prompting Edwards to surrender, police said.

Chad Neukam, 39, of Connersville, was taken to Fayette Regional Health Systems for treatment of minor injuries he suffered in the crash. Police believe alcohol was involved.

Neukam was arrested on charges of resisting law enforcement, fleeing, habitual traffic violator and possession of marijuana.

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