A Newton County man, 43-year-old Chad Timothy Siebert of Jasper, is facing nine charges and violations in connection with a fleeing incident involving law enforcement from Marion and Boone counties. The vehicle being pursued reportedly crashed through two fences, while almost striking a patrol unit.
According to the probable cause affidavit released Tuesday, the pursuit began in Boone County on March 24 when a deputy responded to a reckless driver on U.S. Highway 65 heading north from Valley Springs. Dispatch advised the SUV had run through a fence on U.S. Highway 412 by Mikes Road.
When the deputy spotted an SUV matching the description of the one with the reckless driver behind the wheel, he observed it running several vehicles off the road and traveling in the wrong lane toward oncoming traffic. He also observed the driver, later identified as Siebert, tossing items from his vehicle at the patrol unit while the SUV swerved on the roadway. Siebert’s SUV allegedly reached a speed of 100 miles per hour, while passing vehicles in no passing zones.
The deputy was advised to let Marion County law enforcement take lead of the pursuit and met deputies at County Road 2038.
Siebert’s vehicle went around the Marion County patrol unit, reportedly almost striking it.
About a mile further in the pursuit, Siebert reportedly hit the brakes of his vehicle and drove off the roadway, going through another fence and into a wooded area.
When law enforcement approached Siebert’s vehicle, he allegedly rolled up the driver’s window of the SUV and refused to comply with orders.
A deputy’s baton was used to break the driver’s side widow of the SUV, gain entry to the vehicle and allow officers to pull Siebert out and to the ground. He reportedly kicked two deputies in the chest, as they struggled to gain control of the Boone County man.
He was transported to the Boone County jail and later charged with felony counts of fleeing in a vehicle, terroristic act and second-degree battery. He also faces misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest, leaving the scene of accident and littering, as well as violations of reckless driving, driving left of center and improper passing. Siebert’s bond was set at $10,000.