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HENDERSON, Ky. (11/21/19) — A chase involving several police agencies from two states ended in an arrest Wednesday afternoon in Henderson.

Henderson Police Department officers along with members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force attempted to apprehend a man 3 p.m. Wednesday, HPD reported. He was wanted on outstanding warrants issued in Vanderburgh County, Indiana.

Christopher J. Norman, 23 of Evansville, Indiana, refused to stop for officers, prompting a pursuit that begin in Indiana and continued into Henderson, HPD reported. City officers assisted the Marshals by blocking intersections and setting out stop sticks as the pursuit continued along I-69.

“Norman swerved to avoid hitting the stop stick and nearly hit two Henderson Police Officers before losing control of his vehicle and coming to rest against a guard rail,” HPD wrote. Norman drove into the front of a police vehicle, but was unable to go any further.

He was taken into custody and charged locally with first-degree fleeing police and three counts of wanton endangerment (police officer). Kentucky State Police and Henderson County Sheriff’s Office also assisted.

Sheriff David Wedding reported earlier in the afternoon Wednesday, Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s deputies attempted to arrest Norman on the charges of escape, dealing methamphetamine, theft and resisting law enforcement.

Prior to the encounter, the sheriff's office received a credible threat that Norman was armed with a handgun and was going to shoot any law enforcement officer he encountered, Wedding indicated. The deputies attempted to stop Norman’s vehicle in the area of South Kentucky Avenue and Cherry Street. Rather than comply, Norman fled in his vehicle towards Henderson.

With the assistance of several other agencies, Wedding said Norman was pursued into Kentucky until he crashed into a guardrail while trying to avoid a placed tire deflation device. In a final attempt to flee, Norman used his vehicle to ram the vehicle of one of the pursuing deputies. Norman was taken into custody and will be housed in the Henderson County jail for local charges stemming from the pursuit. No serious injuries were reported during the incident.

Wedding noted that Norman has been arrested in Vanderburgh County 23 times since 2015. Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding extended thanks to
HPD, Evansville Police Department, Indiana State Police, KSP and Henderson County Sheriff's Office.

Nick Risley

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