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Suspect refuses traffic stop, drives over 100 mph before crashing into tree in Crawfordsville

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CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. (March 27, 2015)—The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a crash that occurred following a short police pursuit in Crawfordsville, Ind. early Friday morning. A deputy with the sheriff’s department attempted to stop a 1999 Volkswagen Jetta near US 231 and County Road 600 South around 3:50 a.m., but police said the driver failed to stop, leading the deputy on a short pursuit.

Authorities said the driver increased his speed to more than 100 mph, continuing northbound into city limits. The sheriff’s office said a shift supervisor terminated the chase due to the high speeds and alerted the Crawfordsville Police Department of the incident. The suspect proceeded to speed along US 231, but a short while later, the Jetta swerved, sending it sideways across the northbound and southbound lanes of US 231. The car continued to slide over a curb, before striking a tree. The vehicle sustained heavy damage in the collision.

The driver was transported to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Crawfordsville and later transferred to St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis. The passenger in the car was also transported to the St. Vincent.

The sheriff’s office is working to confirm the identities of the driver and passenger. It is unclear at this time why the driver fled from the deputy.