BREAKING NEWS: Police chase, apprehend couple near downtown Shelbyville

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By Lisa King


Staff photo by Scott McDaniel

Shelbyville Police officers and sheriff's deputies walked back to their patrol cars after apprehending a couple who fled on foot Wednesday afternoon.


Police chase couple; corner them near downtown


By Lisa King/Sentinel-News staff writer


Shelbyville Police have arrested two people after chasing them first by car and then on foot.

The incident started when Shelbyville detective Jerry Warman tried to serve a warrant on James A. Watkins, 38, of 1428 and 1/2 Walnut Street, said police.

Watkins and Tammy Vest, 33, also of that address, fled in a vehicle.

The police report said that Watkins led officers on a high-speed chase through residential neighborhoods at a high rate of speed, running three stop signs and almost causing a collision at Adair and Main Street.

Police, with the help of deputies from the sheriff's office, quickly dispersed officers to search the surrounding area, looking for an African American male and a white female in a green Pontiac.

The call went out to officers shortly after 3 p.m., with the warning that the suspect was possibly armed.

Watkins turned onto Brown Street, where he and Vest ditched the car, and continued to flee on foot.

They were only on the lam for a short time before officers caught up to them in the back yard of a residence in the 1300th block of Main Street.

When officers executed a search warrant at Watkins’ residence, they found a large quantity of crack cocaine and scales with package, the police report said.  

Both are now lodged in the Shelby County Detention Center.

Watkins is charged with reckless driving, first-degree fleeing and evading police and first-degree trafficking. The warrants that police were trying to serve on him were for nonsupport and being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun.

Vest is charged with trafficking in cocaine, and is on probation for cocaine charges on which she sentenced on May 15, 2007.