Mt. Vernon man in Marion County Jail following high-speed chase

MARION COUNTY — A 24-year-old Mt. Vernon man remains in the Marion County Jail after he reportedly led a sheriff’s deputy on a two-county high-speed chase early Sunday morning.

Nikko Branch (Source: JCSO)
Nikko Branch
(Source: JCSO)

Reports say Nikko Branch was apprehended after Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies deployed stop sticks on the north side of Mt. Vernon that blew both front tires of his vehicle, causing it to slow down.

Branch didn’t stop, however, and continued another half-mile on the flat tires before stopping and being taken into custody at gun point.

The chase, which at times reached speeds of 120 mph, started around 1:30 Sunday morning on Route 161 near Burge Road, it continued south on Route 37 into Mt. Vernon before ending on Highland View road.

Branch was reportedly wanted on an outstanding Marion County arrest warrant for failure to appear in court on a driving an uninsured motor vehicle case. Bail for Branch has been set at $10,000.

He was charged Monday in Marion County Court with Class 4 felony aggravated fleeing police at speeds exceeding 21 mph over the limit, and was issued traffic citations for operating an uninsured motor vehicle, driving without a valid license, disregarding a stop sign, improper lane usage, and driving 11-14 mph over the speed limit.