Vehicle pursuit Monday night ends on 3rd Street

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – A vehicle pursuit Monday night in Terre Haute ended safely after the driver gave himself up to officials.

A Vigo County First Sergeant was traveling southbound on 3rd Street just after 11 p.m. when a Pontiac Grand Am passed his vehicle at a high rate of speed.

After a pursuit traveling south on 3rd Street the driver of the Grand Am, later identified as Derek Joseph Harlan of Staunton, jumped the median and began traveling northbound on 3rd Street.

Harlan disregarded red lights at the intersections of Walnut, Ohio, Wabash and Cherry Streets. At this point in the pursuit, a Terre Haute Police Department officer joined near the intersection of 3rd and Cherry Streets.

Harlan then stopped in the left lane of 3rd Street just south of the Chestnut intersection. He got out of the vehicle and got on the ground face down with his hands behind his back.

Officials report Harlan explained he wanted the attention of the police so he could go to jail. He stated he thought he was wanted by the police for domestic battery.

A warrant check revealed Harlan had no outstanding warrants.

Harlan was transported to the Vigo County Jail and is facing possible charges of resisting arrest with a motor vehicle and criminal recklessness. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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