State Trooper Injured After Chase Ends in Crash

The driver was described as a male black, approximately 6’3”, 240 pounds, stocky built, in his mid-30’s, wearing a black T-shirt with white lettering. He was seen in the area of County Line Road and State Road 10 in Jasper/Newton County. Anyone who has information or sees this individual please call 911 or your local police agency.

November 8, 2017=An Indiana State Trooper was transported to St. Anthony Hospital in Crown Point with non-life threatening injuries earlier today after a chase ended with a crash. According to a release from the Indiana State Police, the chase began in Hobart and ended in Jasper County 3 miles north of Route 10. “. . . at approximately 10:10 a.m., this Wednesday, November 8, 2017, morning, a Hobart police officer working a federal grant attempted to pull over a 2018 Kia Sportage for speeding. The vehicle failed to stop and a pursuit was initiated” the report begins.

The Kia travelled South on I-65, ultimately doing a U-Turn on the highway. As the chase headed North, the driver of the Kia encountered a construction zone and a trooper according to the statement. Stopped traffic prevented the Kia from continuing forward. The driver then put the car in reverse and headed south on the shoulder of the northbound lane of I-65. ” The Kia then drove into the median where an Indiana State Police car was. He drove straight at the state police car swerving at the last minute hitting the state car. The pursuit continued south bound when the Kia braked hard went back into the median and went into the north bound lanes of I-65. The trooper who was hit was behind the Kia north bound when it went back into the median, went across I-65 south bound, down and through the ditch on the west side, through a wire fence into a sub-division. The driver went between two houses in the sub-division and crashed the SUV in a wooded area where the driver fled. The driver fled to a residence in the sub-division asking the resident for a ride. The driver then fled the residence leaving a jacket behind. The Kia was a rental vehicle out of Indianapolis.”

The driver was described as a male black, approximately 6’3”, 240 pounds, stocky built, in his mid-30’s, wearing a black T-shirt with white lettering. He was seen in the area of County Line Road and State Road 10 in Jasper/Newton County. Anyone who has information or sees this individual please call 911 or your local police agency.

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