Two arrested on multiple charges after attempt to evade trooper

Indiana State Police

In the late evening hours of October 1, Trooper Eric Powers attempted to stop black Chevrolet Corvette for speeding while he patrolled on SR 56 in eastern Washington County.  As Powers turned around to stop the car, the Corvette accelerated, then turned south on to Mount Road and fled at a high rate of speed.  This portion of Mount Road is gravel, and the Corvette left a cloud of thick gravel dust in its wake, which prevented Powers from safely pursuing.

After the dust settled, Powers continued down the road to ensure the car had not crashed. However, he did not locate the vehicle.  Just after midnight on the 2nd, and shortly after Powers returned to the highway, the Washington County Sheriff's Department was notified that a suspicious vehicle had pulled into a nearby residence on Mount Road.  The caller said it looked like the driver was trying to hide from someone and had parked by a barn.  When Powers arrived, he located Jacquline L. Turner, 48, Medora, seated in the vehicle.  Turner then exited the car and began to walk away when Powers ordered her to stop.

During his investigation, Powers learned Turner was wanted out of Washington County and that a male subject fled from the scene prior to his arrival.  Powers then searched a nearby wood line and found Jeffrey Lee Wilhoite, 42, Bedford, Kentucky, lying on the ground inside the wood line.  Powers also observed Wilhoite had an ankle holster containing a pistol. Wilhoite was taken into custody without further incident, and the investigation continued with Deputies Brad Naugle and Allen Taylor arriving on the scene to assist.

As a result of the investigation, more than 10 grams of methamphetamine was located. Wilhoite and Turner were both arrested and transported to the Washington County Jail. 

Jeffrey Lee Wilhoite was preliminarily charged with possession of methamphetamine, resisting law enforcement, maintaining a common nuisance, possession of hypodermic needle, possession of a handgun without license.

Jacquline L. Turner was preliminarily charged with possession of methamphetamine, maintaining a common nuisance, possession of marijuana,  possession of paraphernalia.  Her warrant was for operating while intoxicated with a prior and possession of paraphernalia.


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