News and Tribune

March 28, 2013

New Albany police makes arrest after vehicle, foot pursuits

New Albany man wanted on three warrants

By GARY POPP
gary.popp@newsandtribune.com

NEW ALBANY — A man wanted on three unrelated warrants out of Clark and Floyd counties was taken into custody by the New Albany Police Department on Wednesday afternoon.

Raymond Grimmette, 46, of 1405 E. Market St. in New Albany, was seen traveling in a 2000 Hyundai Sonata in the 1400 block of East Market Street by an NAPD officer. Maj. Keith Whitlow with NAPD said the officer was familiar with Grimmette and knew that he was driving on a suspended driver’s license. The officer attempted a traffic stop, Whitlow said, but Grimmette disregarded the police and started a pursuit.  Whitlow said the pursuit lasted for several blocks in the area and included Grimmette trying to elude police through several alleys.

While in the 800 block of Market Street, Grimmette fled the car and a foot pursuit ensued.

The vehicle didn’t stop after Grimmette made his exit, and the Hyundai struck a building at 808 E. Market St., Whitlow said.

Two adults were in the vehicle with Grimmette, but they were not charged.

The officer ran after Grimmette, and at one point deployed a Taser, but the device did not make full contact, and the foot chase continued.

Whitlow said a second officer became involved in the foot pursuit, and Grimmette was taken into custody.

After being detained, Grimmette was preliminarily charged with resisting law enforcement — use of a vehicle, a class D felony, and driving while suspended — prior; resisting law enforcement and criminal recklessness, all class A misdemeanors; and leaving the scene of an accident, a class D misdemeanor.

Grimmette was wanted on two warrants out of Floyd County Circuit Court.

He appeared in Floyd County Circuit Court on Thursday afternoon. During the hearing, a bond of $10,000 court-cash was set, as well as a pretrial conference for April 9.

In 2000, Grimmette was convicted of burglary and was sentenced to three years in the Indiana Department of Correction and five years subsequent probation. Following a string of probation violations, the case continued, and a bench warrant was issued for his arrest Feb. 8.

In January, Grimmette was charged with driving while suspended with a prior conviction and public intoxication in Floyd County. He failed to appear for a hearing on March 5, and a bench warrant was issued for his arrest.

Grimmette’s warrant out of Clark County followed a conviction of operating a vehicle while intoxicated — endangering a person. He was sentenced to one year probation in May. In February, he violated his probation and a warrant was issued.