Driver identified in Vanderburgh County chase, crash


EVANSVILLE, Ind (WEHT) A two-car crash late Wednesday morning left three people with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

The Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office says the crash came after the Evansville Police Department attempted to stop a pickup truck driven by Michael Johnson around 10:40 in the area near Morgan Avenue and Oak Hill Road. While Johnson reportedly fled the traffic stop, the officer did not decide to pursue.

Johnson reportedly then drove to the area around Darmstadt and Mohr Road, nearly hitting a Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s deputy near US 41 and Mount Pleasant Road. Officials say by the time deputies were able to catch up to Johnson, he had already hit another vehicle near the intersection of Darmstadt and Mount Pleasant Road.

Johnson and two people in the other car suffered injuries, though their condition is unknown. It is unclear what, if any, charges Johnson will face but the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office says drugs are considered factors in the crash. Major Jason Ashworth with the Sheriff’s Office says it’s still unclear how fast Johnson was driving at the time of the crash.

This is a developing story.

(This story was originally published on April 21, 2021)

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