Lafayette man arrested for speeding through I-65 work zone

Marquinn Morrison (Indiana State Police photo)
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TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WTHR) - A Lafayette man and his passenger were arrested after a high-speed chase in Tippecanoe County Sunday morning.

State police clocked Marquinn Morrison driving 100 mph in a construction zone on Interstate 65 north near the 175 mile marker around 10:15 a.m. The speed limit in the construction zone is 55 mph.

As Morrison realized the vehicle he was passing was a police car, he slowed down and got behind the trooper's vehicle. When the trooper slowed to pull Morrison over, the 27-year-old took off with the trooper in pursuit.

Speeds in the pursuit reached 130 mph in the construction zone on the Wabash River Bridge, where workers were present. The pursuit continued for nearly 25 miles when Morrison struck the rear of a minivan, disabling his vehicle.

Morrison and his passenger, 22-year-old Tyjah Ealey of Chicago, were both taken into custody. Morrison was arrested on charges including resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, driving while suspended/prior, possession of marijuana, reckless driving in a work zone with workers present and operating while intoxicated.

State police say Morrison had 43 separate suspensions on his driver's license.

Ealey was charged with possession of marijuana.

No one in the minivan that Morrison struck was injured, police said. That vehicle was able to drive away from the crash.