Bryan Rhoden

Bryan Rhoden

MONTICELLO – An Atlanta, Georgia, man who was arrested following a high-speed chase in White and Tippecanoe counties has been released from the White County Jail on a $5,000 bond.

Bryan Rhoden faces a Level 6 felony of resisting law enforcement, as well as aggressive driving, a Class A misdemeanor, and reckless driving, a Class C misdemeanor in White County. He faces an additional charge of reckless driving in a work zone, a Class A misdemeanor, in Tippecanoe County.

Reports have been submitted to the White County Prosecutor’s Office, and one is waiting to be filed with the Tippecanoe County Prosecutor’s Office. Initial hearings have not yet been held.

According to an Indiana State Police report, at approximately 6:44 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21, Rhoden was driving a black Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk when he passed Indiana State Police Trooper Mason Wiley southbound on Interstate 65 near the 191 mile marker in White County. The Jeep was traveling in excess of 100 mph, according to Wiley.

As Wiley caught up to the Jeep and initiated a traffic stop, Rhoden fled from the scene, according to an ISP report. Wiley “pursued the vehicle for approximately three miles before it was terminated after reaching speeds of 150 miles per hour with heavy traffic conditions.”

According to the ISP, Trooper Corey Brown observed the Jeep pass him near the 177 mile marker in Tippecanoe County, still going more than 100 miles per hour. Rhoden’s vehicle traveled into a heavy traffic area, where he began to pass on the right shoulder, near the location where Sgt. Larry Mote was stationed. Mote was traveling southbound in the right lane, near the 176 mile marker, which is in the vicinity of a construction zone site just before the Wabash River Bridge.

Rhoden failed to notice the lane shift and the end of the shoulder, causing him to cut across both lanes of traffic, striking the temporary barrier wall, the ISP reported. The Jeep once again cut back across both lanes of traffic. This time, Rhoden’s Jeep struck a guard rail and the bridge parapet before coming to rest.

Brown and Mote detained Rhoden and his passenger, Daniel Noel, also of Atlanta. Noel was cooperative with officers and released from the scene. Neither sustained injuries.

Rhoden was arrested and transported to the White County Jail.

Also assisting at the scene were Sgt. Brad Mull and Joey’s Enterprise Services of Lafayette.

Reach Kristi Hileman at kristi.hileman@pharostribune.com or 574-732-5150

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