Dump truck driver arrested for high-speed chase

HUNTINGTON, Ind. (WANE) The driver of a dump truck who Huntington Police chased through the city last week – a pursuit captured on video – has been arrested.

James B. Pinkerton
James B. Pinkerton

James B. Pinkerton has been charged with resisting law enforcement, operating while intoxicated, possession of a narcotic and reckless driving.

Police in Huntington believe it was Pinkerton behind the wheel of a dump truck on Dec. 7 that was first called into police as driving recklessly at the intersection of U.S. 24 and 900 N in Roanoke.

Huntington Police then caught up to the truck and found it speed by at the U.S. 24 split at the entrance to the city. Huntington Police Chief Chad Hacker told NewsChannel 15 last week that at that point, his officer tried to pull the truck over, but the driver kept going down Broadway Street.

Hacker said speeds reached about 55 miles per hour.

A viewer, Stephanie Lhamon, submitted a video using the wane.com Report-It feature that showed part of the chase along Broadway Street.

The chase finally stopped at Dirt Excavating on Division Road around 5:05 p.m. – Pinkerton’s place of employment and the company that owns the dump truck.

Pinkerton was taken to a hospital for evaluation. At that time, Hacker said he wasn’t sure if he would face charges.

That changed Monday.

Pinkerton was expected to be arraigned in Huntington County Court on Monday.

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