Motorcycle fire leads to arrest in Jackson County

Jerry Ray Jones; Photo courtesy of Indiana State Police

A motorcycle fire in Jackson County led to the arrest of a Marion County man. At approximately 7:45 a.m. Wednesday, Indiana State Police responded to the fire on southbound I-65 near the 51 mile marker.

Investigators determined that 36-year-old Jerry Ray Jones was piloting the motorcycle when it became disabled. They say Jones pulled the motorcycle into the southbound scales area and began to work on it. At some point, the motorcycle caught fire. When troopers arrived, they could not locate Jones. Workers in the area told them that they saw a man leave the area and head west across a field.

Troopers located Jones on County Road 1000 East, just north of Seymour. Upon identifying him, he was found to be wanted on a warrant for Possession of a Syringe and an additional warrant for a parole violation. When troopers searched the bag Jones was carrying, they reportedly found a loaded handgun, approximately 120 grams of suspected methamphetamine, suspected Xanax, syringes and approximately $1,600 in cash.

Jones was arrested on new felony charges of Dealing

Photo courtesy of Indiana State Police

Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Firearm by a Felon, Possession of Controlled Substance and Possession of a Syringe. He is also facing a misdemeanor charge of Driving While Suspended.

The Redding Township Fire Department arrived on the scene and extinguished the bike fire. No injuries were reported.