Chase ends with water rescue in Warrick County

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NEWBURGH, Ind. (WEHT) — Authorities tell Eyewitness News a hit-and-run in Warrick County ended with the suspect driving into a creek.

Authorities say witnesses chased the hit-and-run suspect from State Road 66 and Sharon Road.

The suspect then crossed a median on State Road 66 and drove into a creek.

“It unfolded over just a couple of short minutes,” Paul Kruse, Warrick County Chief Deputy Sheriff, said. “Somewhere in the area of 66 and Sharon Road is the first dispatch we had of it and they said the vehicle was driving in excess of 80 miles an hour and driving in the median.”

We’re told the driver, 45-year-old Gerald Wayne Fulkerson, was taken to a hospital by helicopter for his injuries. Deputies say his injuries are non-life-threatening.

The Newburgh Police Department and a Deputy Coroner were the first to arrive, entering the water to help Fulkerson. 

Deputies believe he was under the influence and toxicology results are pending. Once an investigation is finished, Fulkerson could face charges.

Parts of State Road 66 were closed while officials worked the scene.

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(This story was originally published on October 18, 2020)

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