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05-18-2005, 10:57 PM
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(Indianapolis) - A respected racing journalist faces charges of drunk driving and resisting arrest after a police chase on the north side early Tuesday morning.

Bruce Martin, an ESPN correspondent, is in town covering the race. The car he was driving was totaled.

It’s easy to spot the bright yellow pace vehicles around town. The 2005 Chevy SSR's are event cars for this year’s Indy 500 and the Month of May festivities.

Police spotted Bruce Martin, a freelance racing journalist, a contributing editor to ESPN.com and other publications, driving one of the cars around 3:00am. A sheriff's deputy chased Martin west on Kessler and 56th Street for two miles.

The police report says Martin's pace vehicle, assigned to him for the month, was dragging one of its front tires underneath it with sparks flying. The two-mile pursuit ended on west 56th Street, but Martin refused to get out of the car. One deputy broke out a window and used a taser on him. He then failed a field sobriety test registering .22, nearly three times the legal limit for alcohol.

“He's facing resisting law enforcement, public intoxication and operating a vehicle while intoxicated,” said Captain Phil Burton, Marion County Sheriff’s Dept.

The manufacturer loans the cars to respected and trusted high-profile individuals. The speedway says it has input as to who receives them. “It is a risk in providing support vehicles like this. In any event you run that risk. This is not a new program. It's been going on for years. There is a risk involved in providing cars to individuals,” said Ron Green, IMS spokesperson.

Martin allegedly told police he'd been drinking in Broad Ripple. After that, authorities say he was involved in a hit and run accident at Westfield and Kessler which damaged the car, totaling it.

Martin was released from jail without bond around noon. If convicted he faces up to six years in jail and $25,000 in fines.

The Speedway says Martin’s car has been returned to the manufacturer.

05-19-2005, 12:11 AM
Damn first the Indy Cops get Big Michael O with the taser..now this guy.