On Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 6:55am, Newton County Sheriff’s Deputy Melton observed a Chevrolet Trailblazer traveling southbound on SR 55 near CR 400N.  The vehicle is alleged to have been traveling at a speed of 90MPH in a 50MPH zone.


Deputy Melton activated his emergency lights and conducted a traffic stop.  When Melton exited his marked patrol vehicle the Trailblazer fled southbound on SR 55.


The pursuit lasted about 15 minutes, traveling on various county roads before the driver came to a stop.


Gerald Cramer Jr., 37 years old of Lowell, IN, was the driver and sole occupant.  He was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Newton County Jail on probable cause for reckless driving and resisting law enforcement with a motor vehicle.  Additionally, Cramer was cited for various traffic infractions including driving while suspended.


All suspects are considered innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.


Assisting agencies:  Newton County Communications, Jasper County Sheriff’s Office and Indiana State Police.


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