A Carthage man was arrested in Macon County on Saturday, May 6, 2017, on multiple charges, including reckless endangerment and vehicular assault, after trying to flee from police in Lafayette.
According to official reports, officer Joshua McClard of the Lafayette Police Department pulled over a white Ford truck on Saturday driven by 37-year-old John Eugene Yarbrough because the license plate was not properly illuminated.
When McClard asked for Yarbrough’s license and insurance information, Yarbrough could not produce his insurance card, but did hand over his license. According to a police report, the license came back as being revoked for driving under the influence and Yarbrough also had multiple active warrants.
McClard then asked Yarbrough to step out of the car, but was told no, according to reports. Yarbrough then put the car in gear and sped away in an attempt to flee. McClard ran to his car and followed.
According to police reports, Yarbrough committed multiple traffic violations while attempting to get away from McClard, who followed along behind from a safe distance. McClard stated in his report that Yarbrough was speeding at approximately 60 miles per hour in a 35 zone, ran through a four-way stop at the intersection of Church Street and Ellington Drive and drove through the lawns of two properties, causing damage to the yards and a mailbox.
Yarbrough then allegedly side swiped a tree on the passenger side and came to a stop in the road. The accident caused serious injury to the passenger of the car, according to the report.
A search of the car turned up drug paraphernalia and according to police reports, Yarbrough is believed to have been under the influence of drugs at the time of the incident.
Yarbrough was arrested and charged with obedience to required traffic, improper display, financial responsibility violation, vehicular assault, reckless driving, DUI, driving on revoked, evading arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia, speeding and vandalism. His court date is set for June 21 and he was given a $20,000 bond.