When a driver headed into Worthington last Sunday evening was clocked by a WPD officer going over 70 in a 45 mph zone, he allegedly tried to get away but got stopped and got more than a ticket. He got a trip to jail on additional criminal charges.
Zachary Lee Diskey, 25, of Marion, Ind., was arrested by Deputy Marshal Russell Walls of the Worthington Police Department and booked into the Greene County Jail around 9:30 p.m. Sunday, July 22.
Officer Walls was southbound on State Road 67 in the area of Vest’s Quik Mart when he clocked a gold Oldsmobile passenger car, northbound on the highway, at a speed of 72 mph in the 45 mph zone. Walls hit the lights to make a traffic stop and said the Oldsmobile then accelerated to 78 mph.
Walls turned around and said the car then turned into the Dollar General parking lot, drove at a high rate of speed between the fuel pump area and the main building at Vest’s, then made a turn and drove behind the building, finally stopping on the gravel road behind the station.
According to the probable cause document prepared by Officer Walls, he approached the car cautiously with his side arm in hand, not knowing the situation or the reason why the driver had attempted to elude him. He ordered the driver and two passengers to place their hands where he could see them.
When asked why he was going so fast, the driver allegedly said the brakes went out. When asked for identification, the driver said he didn’t have it with him but gave a name and date of birth.
All three individuals were asked to exit the vehicle, one was placed in handcuffs, another in front of the patrol vehicle, another to the rear.
Officers Ryan VanHorn and Dustin Cain from the Jasonville Police Department then arrived to assist along with Indiana State Police Trooper Richard Klun and his K9.
Trooper Klun and his K9 performed a walk around the vehicle and Walls said the K9 gave a positive alert to the odor of an illegal substance. During a subsequent search of the vehicle, Trooper Klun discovered a driver’s license for Zachary Lee Diskey with a photo that looked like the driver of the vehicle, who had not given the officer the correct name.
A records check revealed there was a warrant out for Diskey in Grant County.
The two passengers were released from the scene.
The vehicle was towed.
Diskey was transported to jail.
To follow-up on Diskey’s claim that the brakes went out, Walls later went to the impound where the vehicle was parked, started the car and applied the brakes which seemed to be in working order. He also had a local mechanic and owner of an auto repair shop check the brake system on the car. Walls reported the mechanic said the brake system was in good working condition.
Greene County Dispatch reported that Grant County was willing to extradite Diskey in a case involving felony domestic battery. He was placed on hold for Grant County with no bond.
In Greene County, Diskey’s bond was set at $15,000 surety with ten percent allowed.
In a criminal case filed this week against him in Greene Superior Court, he’s facing charges of resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, a Level 6 felony, identity deception, a Level 6 felony, and criminal recklessness, a Class B misdemeanor.