Columbus man facing 17 charges after leading authorities on 2-county chase

Thomas Raymond Brockman, 43

Thomas Raymond Brockman, 43

EDINBURGH, Ind. – A Columbus man is facing 17 charges after authorities say he led them on a lengthy pursuit through two counties Monday night.

Edinburg police were investigating a suspicious person call when they stopped Thomas Raymond Brockman, 43, in a Subaru Outback in Bartholomew County. While attempting to obtain information, police say Brockman sped away at a high rate of speed on US 31.

Other law enforcement joined the officers in the chase that proceeded to State Road 46, where the suspect drove around a closed gate into a wooded area. At one point, Brockman allegedly drove toward deputies who were on foot, almost striking them. He then exited the wooded area and the chase continued on State Road 46.

In order to keep Brockman from driving into oncoming traffic, police say an officer collided with his vehicle. He then headed west and the pursuit continued into Brown County, at which point state police took the lead.

State troopers were eventually able to stop Brockman by deploying stop sticks, which deflated the his tires. Police say Brockman continued to flee until his vehicle’s engine blew and he came to a halt after hitting a guardrail.

Brockman ran from his vehicle into a wooded area where deputies and state troopers were able to apprehend him without further incident. He’s facing the following charges (some on multiple counts): criminal recklessness, driving while suspended – prior, resisting law enforcement, reckless driving, aggressive driving and failure to stop after an accident.