News and Tribune

September 4, 2013

Report: Motor-scooter rider dares officer to pursue

Challenge ends in jail time for Scottsburg man

By GARY POPP
gary.popp@newsandtribune.com

CHARLESTOWN — A Charlestown police officer reported that while he was outside of the police station, a shirtless and shoeless man passing by on a motor scooter yelled at him, “come and get me.”

Dustin James Bricker, 21, Scottsburg, was driving the motor scooter without a head lamp approximately 25 mph when he challenged the officer at about 4 a.m. Aug. 29. The officer then got into his patrol car and watched as Bricker disregarded a traffic light and turned onto Ind. 3, according to the police report. Bricker ignored the pursuing officer traveling with the vehicle’s lights and sirens activated for about one-half mile before reaching Oriole Drive and coming to a stop.

“At that point, before I could exit my patrol car, Bricker accelerated and sped off traveling on Oriole Drive,” the officer reported.

From the intersection of Ind. 3 and Oriole Drive, Bricker began driving the scooter north in the southbound lane for nearly two blocks then drove onto a sidewalk and continued “at a high rate of speed,” the officer reported, all the while disregarding the lights and sirens of the following officer. Bricker continued for nearly another one-half mile onto Ind. 160 then drove through the parking lot of JayC Food Stores and finally came to a stop on County Road 403.

The officer reported Bricker was compliant after coming to the stop.

EMS was called by police to check Bricker, but he refused medical attention.

Police then determined the black Taotao motor scooter Bricker had been driving was reported stolen out of Sellersburg. Bricker was preliminarily charged with resisting law enforcement and receiving stolen property, both class D felonies, and reckless driving, a class B misdemeanor.

Each of the preliminary charges issued by the CPD were upheld by the Office of the Clark County Prosecutor, and Bricker was later given a $10,000 court-cash bond in Clark County Circuit Court No. 3.

Along with the bond, which requires a $1,000 payment for his release, a mental-health evaluation was ordered during the court hearing.

According to jail staff, Bricker remained in the Michael L. Becher Adult Correctional Complex as of Wednesday.

Bricker has a pretrial conference scheduled Sept. 25.

He was charged in January of class D felony maintaining a common nuisance and contributing the delinquency of a minor and possession of paraphernalia, both class A misdemeanors, in Clark County Circuit No. 4.

According to court records, a jury trial is slated for Nov. 19 stemming from Bricker’s January charges.