Update: Robbery suspect dead after pursuit ends with crash

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VANDERBURGH COUNTY, Ind. (WEHT) – A robbery suspect is dead following a pursuit that ended with a crash.

According to the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to the 4800 block of Rolling Ridge Dr. for a report of a stolen vehicle.

The victim told deputies she was involved in a physical altercation with a boyfriend before he stole her vehicle and other personal belongings.

Around 10 minutes later, deputies say they located the vehicle at State Road 65 (Big Cynthiana Rd.) and New Harmony Rd.

Initially, deputies say the vehicle stopped, but as deputies approached, the driver sped away.

According to the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office, the behicle continued north on S.R. 65 while deputies pursued.

Deputies say within minutes, the car crossed the center line and hit a semi-truck head-on. The crash resulted in both vehicles catching on fire.

Due to the extent of the damage, deputies say they were unable to free the suspect from his vehicle.

Deputies got the truck driver out before both vehicles became fully engulfed in flames.

The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene, but the truck driver was unharmed.

The road was closed for about five hours while crews processed the scene. It has since reopened.

The suspect’s name has not been released at this time.

According to the sheriff’s office, the suspect had an active warrant for burglary and for failing to return to lawful detention in another Indiana county.

Original Story

VANDERBRUGH COUNTY, Ind. (WEHT) – The Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s office says a suspect in a morning chase has died after crashing into a semi.

The Sheriff’s Office says this all started as a domestic dispute where a woman said that a man stole her money and car.

Deputies found the man and pulled him over but say he sped off moments later.

The Sheriff’s Office says its deputy backed off and lost sight of the suspect vehicle on HWY-65. That’s when the deputy drove up on the accident scene where the suspect had crashed into a semi at St. Wendel Road.

The semi and the car both caught fire. We’re told the driver of the car has died while the semi-truck driver is expected to be okay.

(HWY-65 closed following deadly accident at Saint Wendel Rd. Nov. 26, 2019)

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(This story was originally published on Nov. 26, 2019)

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