Evansville Man Arrested after Fleeing from Trooper


Vanderburgh County – Friday evening, September 8, at approximately 9:00 p.m., Trooper Widner was patrolling Read Street near Missouri Street in Evansville when he observed a 2002 Honda motorcycle displaying red lights on the front of the bike. The rider of the motorcycle then turned onto Missouri Street without signaling and accelerated east before turning north onto Heidelbach Avenue. Trooper Widner attempted to stop the rider of the motorcycle by activating his emergency red and blue lights and siren, but the rider failed to stop and continued east on Louisiana Street exceeding speeds over 50 mph and disregarding several stop signs. The rider eventually turned onto a dead-end road just east of Evans Avenue where he attempted to turn around by riding through the grass, but the rider lost control and laid the bike down. The rider, Patrick Pate, 57, of Evansville, and his passenger, Nova Collins, 19, of Evansville, were arrested without further incident. Further investigation revealed Pate did not have a motorcycle endorsement and Collins had an outstanding warrant for failure to appear. Pate and Collins were transported to the Vanderburgh County Jail. Pate is being held without bond. Collins is currently being held on a $250 bond.

Arrested and Charges:

Patrick Pate, 57, Evansville, IN

  1. Resisting Law Enforcement, Level 6 Felony
  2. Reckless Driving, Class B Misdemeanor

Nova Collins, 19, Evansville, IN

  1. Failure to Appear (Warrant)

Media Note:

Picture 1: Patrick Pate

Picture 2: Nova Collins

Assisting Troopers: Sergeant Gadberry, Trooper Hadley, Trooper Eaton, and Trooper Vennekotter

Assisting Agency: Evansville Police



All criminal defendants are to be presumed innocent until, and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.