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Speeding driver just misses festival

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GREENFIELD — A Greencastle man wanted for questioning led police on a high-speed car chase that came dangerously close to the downtown Riley Festival Friday morning.

Police attempted to stop Lance Walters, 31, in the eastbound lanes of 1700 block of East Main Street around 8 a.m., but Walters refused to stop, instead making an abrupt U-turn and heading back west.

Walters sped through a red light at the intersection of Apple and Main streets and drove around a barricade blocking traffic to the festival just a few blocks away, Greenfield Police Chief John Jester said.

Walters veered off on a side street before reaching the area lined with vendors and early morning visitors, then wound through several neighborhoods, disregarding multiple stop signs, before coming to State Street. There, he headed north with police in close pursuit, topping speeds of 90 miles per hour, police said.

At one point, Walters drove north in the southbound emergency lanes, police said.

Officers followed Walters to the intersection of State Street and Interstate 70, where Walters struck a car turning south onto State Street from the westbound lanes of the I-70.

The driver, a woman whose name was not immediately available, was not seriously injured. There were no other occupants in the car.

The accident did not stop Walters, who bailed out on foot and ran from officers toward the Elanco Animal Health property northwest of the interstate.

Walters headed for a wooded area and was slowed down temporarily when he got caught in a fence, police said.

Officers soon caught up to him and shot him with a Taser when he refused to stop. Walters was taken to Hancock Regional Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Walters faces multiple charges including resisting arrest and fleeing law enforcement in addition to citations related to his reckless driving, police said.

“There’s going to be a whole gamut of traffic violations,” Jester said.

Police are investigating Walters for possible involvement in an unrelated crime and had gotten a tip that he was at a local business shortly before they attempted a traffic stop.

Detectives declined to elaborate on the nature of the original case, citing the ongoing investigation, but did say it does not involve a violent crime.

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