Jeffrey Lee Wilhoite
Jeffrey Lee Wilhoite
A Trimble County man is facing a drug and weapon charges in connection with a police pursuit in Washington County, Indiana, late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning.

Jeffrey Lee Wilhoite, 42, of Bedford, Kentucky, is charged with possession of methamphetamine, a Level 3 felony; resisting law enforcement, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of hypodermic needle, all Level 6 felonies; and possession of a handgun without License, a Class A misdemeanor.

The case began late Tuesday night when Indiana State Police Trooper Eric Powers attempted to stop a black Chevrolet Corvette for speeding while patrolling on S.R. 56 in eastern Washington County. When Powers turned his patrol car around to stop the car, the Corvette accelerated, then turned south onto Mount Road and fled at a high rate of speed. That portion of Mount Road is gravel, so the Corvette left a cloud of thick gravel dust in its wake, preventing Powers from safely pursuing.

After the dust settled, Powers continued down the road to make sure the car had not crashed but was unable to locate the vehicle. However, just after midnight and shortly after Powers had returned to S.R. 56, the Washington County Sheriff’s Department dispatched that a suspicious vehicle had pulled into a nearby residence on Mount Road. The caller said it looked like the driver was trying to hide from someone and had parked by a barn.

After proceeding to the location, Powers located Jacquline L. Turner, 48, of Medora, seated in the vehicle. Turner exited the car and began to walk away but Powers ordered her to stop.

During an investigation, Powers learned that Turner was wanted out of Washington County and that a male subject had fled from the scene prior to his arrival. Powers then searched a nearby wood line and found Wilhoite lying on the ground inside the wood line. Powers also observed that Wilhoite had an ankle holster containing a pistol.

Both Turner and Wilhoite were detained without further incident, and the investigation continued with Deputies Brad Naugle and Allen Taylor arriving to assist. During that investigation, more than 10 grams of methamphetamine was located and Wilhoite and Turner were both arrested and transported to the Washington County Jail.

Turner was charged with possession of methamphetamine and maintaining a common nuisance, both Level 6 felonies; possession of marijuana, a Class B Misdemeanor; and possession of paraphernalia, a Class C Misdemeanor, in addition to an outstanding warrant for operating while intoxicated prior and possession of paraphernalia.