A couple trying to elude authorities in White County were arrested in Smithville early this morning (Saturday) after they ran off the road, struck a stop sign, and bolted from their car on foot.
The names of the man and woman have not yet been released but they are facing charges as a result of the episode.
The matter remains under investigation but apparently White County authorities were looking to serve warrants on at least one of the occupants of the vehicle, a 2005 Dodge Neon, when the driver tried to evade arrest . A pursuit ensued. The car crossed into DeKalb County and then Smithville. White County authorities reportedly terminated the pursuit near Smithville.
Local law enforcement officers were advised to be on the lookout for the car at 1:56 a.m. and Smithville Police found it abandoned at the intersection of South Mountain and Hayes Street at 2:10 a.m. The car had knocked over a stop sign and the occupants of the vehicle had fled on foot.
Members of the Smithville Police Department, DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department, and White County officers converged on the scene and began looking for the couple. They were found in the area shortly thereafter, taken into custody, and transported back to White County.