On 05/01/2019 at approximately 3:10 p.m., Ptl. Phillip Wimpee with the Madison Police Department observed a vehicle travelling the wrong way on a one-way street near Third St. and Jefferson St. After seeing that infraction, Ptl. Wimpee conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle. As Ptl. Wimpee approached the vehicle, the occupants, later identified as Hannah Brashears (26 YOA) and Kevin Duke (28 YOA) both of Madison, quickly exited and attempted to walk away from the vehicle.
Ptl. Wimpee ordered them back to the vehicle so that the traffic stop could be conducted. Once back in the vehicle, Duke again exited the passenger side and began fleeing on foot. At that time, Ptl. Wimpee called out by radio that he was in a foot pursuit. After reaching Main St. and Jefferson St. Duke was intercepted by Sr. Ptl. Dylan Barnes and taken to the ground. After being taken to the ground Duke continued to physically resist at which point Ptl. Wimpee deployed and activated the drive stun function on his Taser. After that, Duke immediately became compliant.
Once Duke was in custody, Ptl. Wimpee returned to the vehicle to complete the traffic stop. After approaching the vehicle, a passerby notified Ptl. Wimpee that Brashears fled toward Main St; she was located a short time later in a business on Main St. and taken into custody. After both subjects were in custody, Ptl. Wimpee deployed his K-9 partner, Colt, to conduct an open air sniff of the vehicle. After a positive indication, a search was conducted on the vehicle and officers located a used hypodermic needle, a spoon containing a substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine and other indicators of methamphetamine use.
It was later learned that Duke also had a used hypodermic needle on his person. Duke stated he fled because he believed he had an active warrant for his arrest. A warrant was issued for his arrest on the following day through Orange County, IN for a probation violation on an original charge of auto theft. Duke and Brashears were subsequently charged with possession of a syringe or hypodermic needle and resisting law enforcement. Brashears also had an additional charge of possession of paraphernalia.
Ptl. Wimpee was assisted by Sr. Ptl. Dylan Barnes, Ptl. Brad Demaree, Sr. Ptl. Aaron Watson, and officers from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department.
All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.