ISP: Man running from authorities hit by deputy’s vehicle during chase

ISP: Man running from authorities hit by deputy’s vehicle during chase
ISP says the chase started when the man refused to stop for a deputy early Monday. (Source: Pixabay)

FAYETTE CO., Ind. (FOX19) - A man running from deputies was hit by a Rush County sheriff’s deputy’s vehicle as he tried to get away, Indiana State Police say.

The incident started around 6 a.m. Monday when a Rush County sheriff’s deputy tried to stop a Jeep Grand Cherokee on SR-44 for going almost 20 mph over the speed limit.

Brandon Van Blair, 34, of Connersville, would not stop for the deputy and the chase - which now involved a second deputy -followed over several county roads, a news release from ISP says.

State police say Blair’s Jeep became disabled on a gravel road so he got out and started running.

The first deputy was able to swerve, despite heavy dust from the road, to avoid hitting the Jeep.

The second deputy also swerved but state police say he hit Blair who was in the roadway.

Blair was taken by a medical helicopter to an Indianapolis hospital with what state police believe are non-life-threatening injuries, according to ISP.

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