Winamac Husband and Wife Jailed After Five-Mile Pursuit

A high-speed chase that lasted over five miles on Saturday night came to a dangerous conclusion when the driver lost control on a gravel road and struck a tree.

An officer with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department attempted to make a traffic stop on a vehicle near the intersection of County Road 475 South and U.S. 35, but instead of stopping, the driver, Eric Gudas of Winamac, sped up and tried to evade police. Gudas ran several stop signs during the high-speed chase and even threw several empty beer cans out the window of the vehicle before turning onto a gravel road where he lost control and struck a tree.

Gudas was arrested and faces charges of Operating While Intoxicated, Criminal Recklessness with a Vehicle, Aggressive Driving, and Resisting Law Enforcement, as well as 23 traffic violations collected during the pursuit. His passenger, Judy Gudas, was arrested as well on charges of Public Intoxication.