Pair facing numerous charges in separate Franklin County high-speed chases

Savannah Hicks (Photo: Franklin County Sheriff’s Office)

FRANKLIN COUNTY, IN — Two separate pursuits involving Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputies have resulted in a slew of felony charges against a pair of county residents.

Prosecutor Chris Huerkamp says deputies recently responded to a report of a possible stolen vehicle out of Hamilton County Ohio that was spotted exiting I-74 and headed toward Oldenburg.

Deputy Brad Lecher attempted to stop the vehicle allegedly driven by 36-year-old Savannah Hicks of Metamora but authorities say she failed to comply and led Deputy Lecher on a chase along St. Mary’s and Tony roads.

Patrick Atkins (Photo: Franklin County Sheriff’s Office)

Stop sticks were deployed but investigators say Hicks swerved to avoid them and nearly struck Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Major Gregory Mehlbauer, who was not injured.

A second set of stop sticks deployed by Indiana State Police about a mile down the road brought the vehicle to a stop in a field.

Hicks was arrested and charged with Attempted Battery with a Deadly Weapon (Level 5 felony); Criminal Recklessness, and Resisting Law Enforcement (both Level 6 felonies).

She is housed in the Franklin County Security Center on a $60,000 cash bond.

One day later, 49-year-old Patrick Atkins of Laurel was booked on drug and chase-related charges following a pursuit that began during an attempted traffic stop.

Huerkamp says Deputy Kyle Hartman tried to pull Atkins over near Laurel Elementary School for a muffler violation when the suspect took off despite Deputy Hartman’s use of lights and sirens.

The high-speed chase went along Kokomo Hill Road, with Atkins allegedly dodging oncoming traffic and ignoring several stops signs.

Atkins’ vehicle came to a stop and he allegedly tried to get away on foot but was captured almost immediately.

Investigators say a search of his vehicle turned up several baggies of substances believed to be methamphetamine, heroin, and marijuana.

Atkins is facing a total of five felony counts and three misdemeanors on the following charges: Dealing in Methamphetamine (Level 2 felony); Dealing in a Narcotic Drug (Level 5 felony); Resisting Law Enforcement; Obstruction of Justice; Possession of a Syringe (all Level 6 felonies); Driving While Suspended (Class A misdemeanor); Possession of Marijuana (Class B misdemeanor), and Reckless Driving (Class C misdemeanor).

He is lodged in the Franklin County Security Center on a $40,000 cash bond and an $80,000 property bond.